This photograph shows the exterior of Cambridge Cohousing next to the central garden area.

Cambridge Cohousing is an infill residential project consisting of 41 units of housing on a narrow 1.5-acre site between the street and a railroad track. The housing units range from large, 3-story townhouses to 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom flats. The project also includes communal facilities: a large kitchen, dining area, childcare and recreational facilities, a library, and shared gardens.


  • Location: Cambridge, MA
  • Building type(s): Multi-unit residential
  • New construction
  • 63,000 sq. feet (5,850 sq. meters)
  • Project scope: multiple buildings
  • Urban setting
  • Completed January 1998
  • Rating: Green Building Challenge

Environmental Aspects[edit | edit source]

The GreenVillage Company and community participants focused primarily on site and transportation, energy, and material use, with a keen eye on indoor air quality, economics, and human health. The project is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program.

Owner & Occupancy[edit | edit source]

  • Owned and occupied by Cambridge Cohousing LP, Individual(s)
  • Typically occupied by 80 people, 112 hours per person per week

As the development consists primarily of housing, it is in constant use.

Building Programs[edit | edit source]

Indoor Spaces: Structured parking, Dining, Other, Living quarters
Outdoor Spaces: Garden—productive, Garden—decorative, Drives/roadway, Playground

Keywords (from the EERE Buildings Database)[edit | edit source]

Transportation benefits, Open space preservation, Efficient fixtures and appliances, Insulation levels, HVAC, Durability, C&D waste management, Natural ventilation, Ventilation effectiveness

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