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June 3, 2015
These seven residences offer insight to the growing trend of shared communities.
Modern affordable multifamily passive houses like the Belfield Avenue Townhomes in Philadelphia by Onion Flats facade

In North Philadelphia, the Belfield Avenue Townhomes were built to Passive House standards. It is one of several green multifamily structures that are being built in cities across the country for moderate-income families. 

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Originally appeared in Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design to the Masses
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shade house exterior

A design couple in Houston found a need for affordable, new-builds with earth-friendly elements—so they built a series of townhomes with shared common areas. Shade House is integrated into its surroundings; the exterior features a combination of raw concrete and exposed wood (reclaimed lumber) that complements the existing concrete structures of the neighborhood.

Originally appeared in 10 Noteworthy Sustainable Homes
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Auburn 7 developer and resident Michael Kyle hangs with his dog Moxy in the front yard of the unit owned by his codeveloper Todd Wexman; he is joined by residents Francisco, Camille, and young Sophia Apple Owens.

With the help of Los Angeles’ Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, developers of the Auburn 7 in Silver Lake were able to add a host of sustainable features, including solar power and a community garden, to these row house-like structures. Residents hang in the front yard of the unit owned by one of the codevelopers, Todd Wexman.

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Originally appeared in Lucky 7
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We had several overseas tour groups visit zHome. This Taiwanese group included a number of academics and architects.

Several overseas tour groups, including academics and architects from Taiwan, have visited this ten-unit town house in Issaquah, Washington. Since its completion in 2010, zHome, the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States, has influenced a number of similar projects.

Originally appeared in A Zero-Energy Community: Part 8
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Portrait of the semi-annual Finn Lofts community party in Wichita

Sleek, modern lofts, transformed from an old broom factory, provide a festive backdrop to these Witchita, Kansas residents' semi-annual Finn Lofts community party. The architect of the charcoal-and-orange building says the color was "intended to reflect the dynamic character of the neighborhood."

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Originally appeared in Building Community
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Modern multifamily home in Seattle with cedar and metal siding on the facade

This Capitol Hill, Seattle, infill project was completed for $189 per square foot. The street-facing facade on the multifamily structure is clad in prefinished siding from Taylor Metals, and cedar shaped and cut with CNC technology, while the rear features prefinished cement fiberboard panels.

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Originally appeared in Three Families Comfortably Fit in One Slim Lot
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Broadway Affordable Housing Santa Monica 2015 AIA Housing Awards

Kevin Daly Architects designed this 33-unit affordable housing complex in Santa Monica, California, with sustainable features including a green roof and windows with hoods that were shaped based on solar orientation studies. 

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Originally appeared in 10 Award-Winning Residences Reshaping Ideas of Home
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Modern affordable multifamily passive houses like the Belfield Avenue Townhomes in Philadelphia by Onion Flats facade

In North Philadelphia, the Belfield Avenue Townhomes were built to Passive House standards. It is one of several green multifamily structures that are being built in cities across the country for moderate-income families. 

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