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Green Corner at MassHousing

Greening Affordable Multifamily Housing

A photo of energy efficiency improvements being made at Castle Square Apartments in Boston

A deep-energy retrofit at Castle Square Apartments in Boston's South End dramatically reduced energy consumption at the 500-unit community. MassHousing provided $54 million in financing for the project.

MassHousing believes that fostering and supporting environmental sustainability in housing is a fundamental aspect of responsible lending and asset management. Energy and water conservation, air quality and climate change resiliency address critical aspects of the cost of operating housing, quality of life for residents and environmental imperatives. These topics also raise important issues related to the cost/benefit analysis of additional initial capital costs, reliable data on cost and savings, and sorting through the evolving science of environmental sustainability and regulation.

To respond to the aspirational goals of environmental sustainability as well as pragmatic cost/benefit metrics, MassHousing is working to establish an Environmental Sustainability Agenda for Multifamily Housing. As this initiative moves forward, MassHousing will use this page to post information on the programs, resources and opportunities related to our Environmental Sustainability Agenda.

Panel Discussions

In general, the affordable multifamily industry rapidly is developing awareness of the importance and benefits of environmental sustainability strategies, as well as expertise in implementing such measures. But such growth has been uneven, and is still overly dependent upon any given developer having the resources to have an in-house advocate for such an agenda. As one step toward more fully developing increased awareness of the issues and of the expertise in this arena across our industry, MassHousing launched a series of workshops and roundtable discussions with owners and operators.

Panel Discussion Resources and Information

Information, resources and links from past discussions can be found below:

 Proactive Planning for Resilience and Sustainability
Document  City of Boston | Resilience and Racial Equity
Document  Enterprise Communities | Ready to Respond: Tools for Resilience
Document  GZA | From Hazard Vulnerability to Implementation
 Water Conservation: Site Infrastructure and Landscaping
Document  Sasaki Associates | Planning and Designing for a Resilient Future
Document  Ulrich Bachand Landscape Architecture | Remediation as Amenity: L...
 Case Studies in Energy & Water Conservation: The New Normal
Document  Beacon Communities: Greening Affordable Housing | Case Studies in...
Document  Homeowner's Rehab, Inc. | Greening Affordable Housing: The New No...
Document  Trinity Financial | Case Studies in Energy and Water Conservation...
 Advocacy
Document  Letter to EEAC, dated March 3, 2015
 Green Corner Links
Web Link  Area developers make case for "greening" affordable housing
Document  Castle Square at a Glance
Web Link  Old Colony nearing LEED Gold Certification