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Design Brief

A guide to creating a clear design brief and RFP for design services

Operations Manaul

Manuals for incorporating green and healthy practices into operations

Health Survey

Resident survey template to collect post-occupancy health data

Charrette Tools

Sample agendas and modifiable PowerPoint slides to plan an integrative charrette

Green Certification

An easy-to-use guide to help identify what certifications might be right for your project based on its features and priorities

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Learn the elements of an effective housing design competition

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A guide to improving all aspects of the pre-development process, from drafting an RFP to selecting your design team.

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A step-by-step process to standardize your organization’s design preferences and priorities

Participatory Design Toolkit

Activities and agendas for meaningful community participation in project design

Creative place making

A guide to leveraging arts, culture, and creativity to improve communities and enhance your development.

Design Matters

Learn the factors impacting design in affordable housing.

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Commit your projects to be more sustainable, efficient, and healthy using the only green building standard designed for affordable housing.

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Learn how developers can build more effective and productive relationships with their design teams and leverage their investment in design services

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Learn about opportunities and barriers to using prefabrication to expand the supply of affordable homes and address cost challenges.

Targeted Outcomes
Aging in Place

Guidelines for senior and non-age restricted properties with ideas for site selection, building design, unit layout, and more

Health Impact

A design development process to prioritize community health needs


19 strategies to prepare buildings against extreme climate events

Early Learning

A guide to key design considerations for early learning centers in housing

9 Ways for Communities

Approaches to foster social connections in and around your projects

Home Free

A resource hub dedicated to reducing toxic building materials in affordable housing

Cost Curve

Design and construction strategies for addressing multifamily housing costs from NWA and JCHS


A guide for resilient housing design in island communities

Case Studies
Best Practices in Tribal Housing

These 17 case studies are the result of the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative's multi-year effort to research and share the exciting green building work that tribes are undertaking across the country.

Star Apts

Star Apartments includes clinical and social services to help individuals overcome the numerous mental and physical challenges of homelessness. The building also serves as a central community hub for residents of all of Skid Row Housing Trust’s supportive housing units.

Richardson Apts

Richardson Apartments provides supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals living in San Francisco. This 120-unit building provides various on-site services to help residents overcome social, medical and employment challenges as they transition to new phases of their life.

Rosa Parks Apts

In this West Humboldt Park development, green building features help to lower construction and utility costs, and address chronic neighborhood health concerns. In addition, a scattered infill strategy was employed to fill multiple long-vacant lots and bring new life to numerous streets.

Millers Court

Seawall Development Company undertook the redevelopment of a vacant manufacturing building in the heart of a blighted Baltimore neighborhood. The newly formed development company launched the Miller’s Court project with four ambitious goals . . .

Design for Impact

Learn about outcomes-based design methodology through 3 case studies.

Designing New York

New York City’s 6 affordable housing design principles with 7 companion case studies.

Made with Love

Case studies of collaborative placemaking projects in and around affordable developments, intended to generate love and forgiveness.

Made to Last

Case studies of 5 organizations’ creative projects to empower residents to become leaders in bolstering social resilience. 

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