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Granite City Green Communities

Year: 2011- ongoing

Client: Granite City Housing Authority

Location: Granite City, Illinois

Certification: Enterprise Green Communities

The Granite City Green Communities affordable residential project in Granite City, Illinois is one of only 34 projects selected nationally for funding from the Enterprise Green Communities program. Farr Associates developed the master plan for the 43-unit development, which was designed to meet every credit of the rigorous Green Communities Criteria. Green Communities focuses on both sustainable design and social equity in developments using the funds.

The master plan focused on a walkable street pattern, usable open space, and aligning streets to meet existing streets outside the development to achieve a feeling of connectivity.

Each is incredibly energy efficient with a tight, well-insulated building envelope. The development is solar oriented to maximize southern window exposure, further increasing energy efficiency. Solar panels will also provide renewable energy on-site.