Ashby Lofts, located on a half-acre lot on the corner of Ashby Avenue and Ninth Street in Berkeley has helped alleviate the high cost of living for local residents. The goal of this project was to create a building that not only was an asset to the community but was also affordable. The units are comprised of one-, two-, and three-bedrooms ranging from 600 to 1,000 sq. ft. and are $300 to $1,000 a month in rent. The ground floor has structured parking with 32 parking stalls, commercial space, community rooms, and a common laundry facility. The building has a one-level concrete podium with four stories of wood-frame housing above. The project was challenging due to the long and narrow lot, only 80 feet wide by 200 feet long; Nibbi had to overcome access concerns and layout challenges for the project.
Some sustainable building elements include:
- Photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roof to greatly reduce energy costs for building operations.
- Carpet made from recycled fibers that improve indoor air quality
- Low VOC paint
- Laars high-efficiency water heating and a hydronic heating system
- Low-emissivity dual-glazed windows and high-efficiency fluorescent lighting
- Installation of Energy-Star appliances