AEON: Greening the Development Process
AEON and the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) continue to explore the opportunity for advancing sustainability in affordable housing. Building on the success of the AEON, Green Institute (GI), and CSBR partnership to transform AEON's development process into a replicable sustainable model, AEON and CSBR continue to work on advancing sustainability throughout their development process.
During the summer of 2010, AEON and the center came together to explore the Living Building Challenge as a framework for a future affordable housing development. The exploration, aptly titled "A New Shade of Green," was a series of workshops hosted by AEON and facilitated by CSBR that brought together a broad array of stakeholders from across the community to consider the viability of the framework for a project. Participants included designers, contractors, community members, city and state officials, and sustainability experts. Additional information from the meetings, including meeting summaries, is available on AEON's website.
The partnership's previous work helped nurture a sustainable integrated development approach through three pilot projects. The projects will create quality, affordable multi-family housing developments through implementation of integrated design, applied research, and ultimately the measurement and assessment of selected strategies to provide feedback that will positively impact future development projects. These projects will also provide opportunities for learning and serve as models for future developments. The selected projects include three different housing development types: new construction, substantial (gut) rehabilitation, and moderate rehabilitation/upgrades to existing apartment buildings. The variety of projects may reveal limitations and opportunities unique to each project type and will give the team the opportunities to integrate sustainable practices in AEON's major development areas, meeting the broad sustainability goals of the partnership.
AEON Pilot Projects
- Alliance Expansion, Minneapolis - New Construction
- Renaissance Box, St. Paul - Substantial Rehabilitation
- Sienna Green (formerly Har Mar Apartments), Roseville - Moderate Rehabilitation of existing, operating multi-family housing
The AEON Pilot Projects are currently under construction. Two will be completed in mid-fall of 2010. Case studies of the design and construction process will be added to the case studies. The intention is to conduct performance outcome evaluation on the projects during the first year of operation. Protocol for outcomes will be developed as the design of the projects moves forward. AEON and CSBR will engage in grant writing to help underwrite the pilot project monitoring.
Project: AEON: Greening the Development Process
Project Partners: AEON, The Green Institute, and The Center for Sustainable Building Research
Sponsors: The McKnight Foundation and The Home Depot Foundation