Design Challenge

Housing Vermont and the Central Vermont Community Land Trust were working jointly to develop a new multi-family affordable housing complex in Warren, Vermont. Low operating costs and healthy and comfortable living spaces were the highest priorities.

Approach & Outcome

The three buildings feature a mix of townhouses and flats, each with a private entry. Entry and rear porches provide residents a connection to the site, and the buildings surround a central courtyard community space with views to the Green mountains. The buildings feature a high-performance envelope and a solar domestic how water system.

Project Details


Warren, VT




16,000 sf


HERS Index rating of 64
Energy Star 5+ stars

Energy Intensity:

49 kBtu/SF-yr (measured)