Arbor House

Photo courtesy of Blue Sea Development Company

Arbor House is a low-income multifamily housing development in the South Bronx, New York, that sets the bar high for green and healthy multifamily buildings. The project, developed by Blue Sea Development and the New York City Housing Authority and designed by ABS Architecture, aims to maintain healthy indoor air quality and to reduce the high asthma rates of the residents.

Several features of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-platinum building were designed to achieve these goals. A living green wall in the lobby produces fresh oxygen, an air filtration system helps clean the air, and low and no-VOC materials were used during construction. The development also maintains a 100 percent no-smoking policy, designed to improve the air quality in and around the development, and an integrated pest management program eliminates the need to use chemicals to keep pests away.