Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
The Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) is a non-profit organization which promotes public and private investment in affordable housing and educates and equips first-time homebuyers. Studio G Architects designed an environmentally sustainable building to house MAHA’s administrative offices, classrooms and meeting spaces.
The design incorporates a broad range of environmentally sensitive systems and strategies, from its siting to the details of materials used. Oriented to maximize its passive solar potential and to support a 12kW photovoltaic array, the building’s open layout allows for cross-ventilation, while north-facing clerestory windows introduce ample natural light. Low- or no-VOC emitting materials were utilized wherever possible to promote a healthy work environment, and low-flow plumbing fixtures and energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems encourage the responsible use of natural resources. The project was designed using LEED criteria, and with its proximity to two subway stops, it sets an example of transit-oriented development in an up-and-coming neighborhood.
Green building for offices, classrooms and meeting spaces incorporates a range of green design strategies. Oriented to maximize its passive solar potential and support a 12kW photovoltaic array, the open layout offers cross-ventilation; north-facing clerestory diffuses daylight throughout. Low/no-VOC materials promote a healthy work environment; low-flow plumbing fixtures and energy efficient systems conserve resources. Designed to meet LEED certification, approved by Energy Star as Labeled Building (attached).