Driving greater energy efficiency into our affordable housing stock is an opportunity for a win-win.
Next Step has now partnered with a leader in the industry to help more people become home owners while also increasing standards for efficiency.
South Africa’s Moladi concrete system can construct an affordable, one-story home using mostly local materials and unskilled labor, sometimes in as little as a single day.
After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Japanese firm Shigeru Ban designed sustainable replacement housing using locally sourced labor and materials for a devastated Sri Lankan village.
Here are some back-to-basics designs that provide inexpensive shelter to impoverished communities while also including sustainable technologies to help raise living standards.
With a 5-inch-thick shell of super-insulation materials, a retrofit apartment complex in Boston plans to reduce heating and hot water costs by 73 percent.
This attractively designed development is a marked departure from the city’s affordable housing stock, offering extreme savings for residents on tight budgets.