Design awards:


2013 — National Award of Merit in Program Innovation – Project Design / National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

2012 — Citation Award for Built Architecture / American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado


Media coverage:


September 2014 — Colorful Panels Add to Green Design / Commercial Building Products Magazine

July 2013 — Paisano Green Community / GreenSource, The Magazine of Sustainable Design

May 2013 — These Seniors are Living Green / Builder and Developer Magazine

3 May 2013 — NetZero Living and Climate /

2013 — Paisano Green Community Senior Housing / Architizer

29 March 2013 — WORKSHOP8 : Boulder architects design net-zero housing project in El Paso / Boulder County Business Report

26 March 2013 — A Green Community Comes to Town /

January / February 2013  — The New Model for Affordable Housing / green building & design magazine

20 December 2012 — Paisano Green Community is the First NetZero Senior Housing Project in the US / Tyson and Billy

20 November, 2012 — Special Report: The Paisano Green Community / Channel 7

29 October 2012 — Gray Goes Green: First U.S. Net Zero Senior Community Opens in TX / Clean Technicz

20 September 2012 — Paisano Green Community /

31 August 2012 — The Paisano Green Community – Redefining Affordable Housing in the United States / YouTube

25 October 2011 — Paisano Green Community is the First NetZero Housing Project in the US / inhabitat

25 October 2011 — Paisano Green Community (designed using Vectorworks and Sketchup Pro) /

18 October 2011 — 73-Unit Public Housing Community for Seniors Generates 100% of Energy On-Site / University  of St. Thomas

11 October 2011 — Eco-friendly Housing Project Paisano Green Community 1st of its Kind / El Paso Times

September 2011 — Cutting-Edge Green Affordable Housing in El Paso, TX /



SIZE: 62000 sf

LOCATION: El Paso, Texas

STATUS: Completed


An award winning design focused on sustainability and quality of life for senior residents that delivers a highly livable garden-centered community in a challenging urban/industrial environment. The project is the first net-zero energy affordable housing project powered solely by the sun and the wind. All electricity consumed on site is generated on site. No fossil fuels are burned on this site giving this project one of the lowest carbon footprints of any affordable housing communities in the country. The project has achieved LEED for Homes Platinum certification and Enterprise Green Communities certification.


The project design is tailored to the environment, climate and context of El Paso to produce a unique solution rooted in the concept of place. The design contains a number of bold, striking design elements and is uncompromisingly contemporary and urban in nature.