Toolkit Overview

Boston, MA: A six-alarm fire on October 17, 2011 devastated Wardman Apartments in Roxbury, one of 16 affordable housing developments developed and co-owned by Urban Edge. There were no fatalities due to the courageous actions of residents and firefighters. But thirteen people were injured and more than 75 residents became homeless.

Urban Edge was able to clean up some of the affected units to allow for a number of families to return to their homes by the end of 2011. However, because the fire required immediate demolition of the 71 Westminster Avenue section of the building where twelve families lived, those families were temporarily housed in other units elsewhere.

The reconstruction of 71 Westminster Avenue is now complete and the families have returned. In keeping with Urban Edges sustainability standards, the new building exemplifies the best in green affordable housing.
::: Read the complete story in the Press Release here :::

As part of our Green Housing at Urban Edge (Green HUE) initiative, we developed the Green Housing Toolkit, a web-based resource that helps users consider sustainable alternatives while constructing, operating, or living in affordable housing. The Toolkit is designed for developers, property managers, maintenance staff, residents and other community development corporations.

The topics in this Toolkit were selected as priorities for Urban Edge. We plan to add additional topics and update current information as needed. Also, note that some topics in this Toolkit may contain details specific to the Boston or New England area.

Most topics follow this general format:

Description: This section briefly describes the topic and its significance for consideration.

Urban Edge Guidelines: This section provides a summary of our recommendations on guidelines and key issues to consider when selecting a system or component.

Spotlight on Urban Edge: This section summarizes information about current Urban Edge practices as well as expectations about future changes.

Options and Criteria Review: This section provides information about commonly used options and green alternatives. Where appropriate, each topic also contains information about relative costs, environmental impacts, health issues, and life cycle considerations.

Resources: The resource section directs users to additional online publications or user-specific information.