Making the Affordable Sustainable
Daniel believes that a small budget shouldn’t restrict a project’s sustainability and he works hard to advance the practice of applying sustainability standards to affordable housing. His cutting-edge projects include San Francisco’s first LEED NC Silver certified building and California’s first LEED ND Certified Gold Plan. He has brought projects into several sustainability pilot programs, including the LEED for Homes, LEED ND, and LEED for Homes Mid-Rise pilots as well as ILFI’s Living Building Challenge pilot for affordable housing.
Daniel achieves such high levels of green design by working closely with each client to determine a sustainability goal for the project that can serve as a central focus. Because he realizes that sustainability extends far beyond the design process, he also specifies proven technologies that work well with the given building type and helps educate staff and residents about their operation and maintenance.
In addition to defining how sustainability applies in an affordable housing development, Daniel has also defined his firm’s entire approach to sustainability, striving for reportable, replicable, and certifiable outcomes. Under Daniel’s guidance, DBA signed the AIA 2030 Commitment, making it one of only a very few firms focused on urban multifamily housing to actively report on project performance and work toward achieving a net-zero portfolio.
"I love many things about the house that I call home. I can see how the buildings were designed to bring neighbors together and to develop safer neighborhoods for every resident of this beautiful city. One day I would be honored to do for others what you have done for me. I want to be able to design houses for the less fortunate."
— Khawlah Al-olefi, 15, resident, Tassafaronga Village