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An Architecture Firm’s Push to Build Net-Zero Apartments—on a Budget

An Architecture Firm’s Push to Build Net-Zero Apartments—on a Budget

Russel Gold of The Wall Street Journal reports on Onion Flats, a Philadelphia-based architecture firm that is building low-carbon, affordable housing.

The C3 Take
  • Front Flats, which is designed by Onion Flats, is not only energy-efficient but affordable as well with rent starting below $1,400.
  • The innovation of Onion Flats is important as buildings are responsible for 38% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Principled entrepreneurs are finding the solutions that are needed to lower our emissions.

“By driving down consumption and producing electricity from its solar panels, Front Flats is designed to generate its own power. But this isn’t a corporate headquarters where executives can spend lavishly on a showcase edifice. It is 28 apartments, built on a budget for renters who make below the area’s median income. One-bedroom apartments rent for under $1,400, less than the $1,750 average for the neighborhood, according to rental-listings website Zumper.”

Read the full article here.

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