These design guidelines (recommended suggestions) are intended for residential and mixed-use retrofit or new development projects. The guidelines serve as part of a toolkit for advancing the stock of energy-efficient, affordable, and resilient living spaces.
Housing developers should use these suggestions, in tandem with local ordinances and state building codes, in coordination with local building and sustainability departments. Ideally, developers will use these guidelines during the pre-development and design phase of a project before it goes to permitting. These suggested recommendations were developed by MAPC in collaboration with the cities of Malden, Melrose, and Medford with support from a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.