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The Six | LA, USA

In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” This building takes care of its veteran tenants as much as it cares for the environment 💪 🌱

The Six, located in Los Angeles, is a 52-unit affordable apartment building that also features community rooms and a spacious courtyard that offers peaceful space for social gatherings on the second floor. Its tenants – individuals who have experienced homelessness, as well as veterans, which constitute a disproportionate amount of the homeless population in the US – are older and often have physical and mental disabilities. The building’s operation was thus designed to help address their specific needs 🤲

Design of The Six emerged from passive design strategies, including shaping and orienting the building for natural ventilation and designing windows to maximise daylighting. 16 collector solar water heating system (offsetting 2,150 therms of natural gas annually) were installed, saving money and reducing pollution that is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from burning 12,000 pounds of coal a year. The Six is 35% more efficient than California’s Energy Code, which is already substantially better than the national average. As a result of these and other efforts, the project received LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council 🏆

“This residential building type uses more hot water than other building types, therefore an efficient common boiler was utilised, commissioned and connected to roof-top solar hot water panels, which further reduce fossil fuel use,” architects Brooks + Scarpa adds.

“Reducing overall energy consumption lowers the development’s environmental footprint and creates operational benefits by reducing the ongoing utility costs. This in turn allows the Trust to increase the amount of services we can offer to residents at the Six.” said Dana Trujillo, former Chief Real Estate Officer at Skid Row Housing Trust.

Making social and environmental impact across the board – well done, #buildingheroes!

BROOKS + SCARPA ARCHITECTS / Skid Row Housing Trust / Dana Trujillo / Steve Vang / Egan | Simon Architecture / Barbara Hall / John A. Martin & Associates, Inc. / GB Construction, Inc. / Troy Lindquist / The American Institute of Architects (AIA) / Daniel ZumMallen / LandStudio360 / U.S. Green Building Council / Walker Wells / Promise Energy / Bob Berkebile / Roy Decker / Vivian Loftness / Andrea Love

📸 : Tara Wujcik

#sustainability #greenbuildings #sustainableimpact #residential #realestate #climatechange


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