At Issue:

Transforming “Solar Decathlon” innovatively designed modular houses (which were entries in the international collegiate “Solar Decathlon” competition sponsored biannually by the U.S. Dept of Energy) and creating a small single family house community enclave which showcases Aurora’s new Green Court Dwelling land use. The concept is to produce an example of a new model for increasing the supply of affordable housing options in metro Denver. The project is a cross municipality collaboration between the City of Aurora and the City and County of Denver.

JJK Places is serving as Owner’s Rep/Project Manager of a unique four (4) house development project in Aurora this is an affordable housing “demonstration project.” It is utilizing both “Solar Decathlon” modular houses and a steel modular “cargo container” house—all demonstrating how affordable housing can be created in an existing single-family zoned neighborhood utilizing Aurora’s recently passed new land use called “Green Court Dwelling” (now allowed in certain Aurora residential neighborhoods via the city’s recent complete overhaul of their citywide zoning code).


The Project:

The new Green Court Dwelling land use (now as-of-right in certain Aurora neighborhoods) allows adjacent single family zoned lots to be combined and used to build multiple smaller houses on the collective lots as a way to “gently increase density” in single family neighborhoods without harming the inherent existing character of the neighborhood.

Utilizing both the Solar Decathlon modular houses and a steel modular cargo container house, this project will be the first development in Aurora to utilize this newly allowed land use.

Social Impact:

Although only four (4) for-sale affordable houses will be produced in this project, its significance extends much further. It will demonstrate a new affordable housing model for Aurora and hopefully other municipalities in the Denver metro region.

Status and Timing:

The project is underway, with JJK Places currently project managing the entire development process.  Currently the property’s rezoning and entitlement process is underway —we are in the midst of securing site plan approval, civil infrastructure plan approval, and building permits.  Estimated completion date in Late Spring/Early Summer 2020.

Environmental Impact:

Because of the innovative design components incorporated into all four houses, they will also be environmentally-friendly with energy and water conservation components built into the buildings.  Additionally, drought resistant xeriscaping will be installed on the property.


The photos on this page are of the project development site as well as the proposed site plan for the “Solar Decathlon” houses and the IndieDwell steel modular “cargo container” house situated around a common area green courtyard, as an element of Aurora’s new  Green Court Dwelling land use.

Other Projects


50+/- Affordable For-Sale Residential Condos, and approximately 15-20,000 sq ft of commercial space targeted for community-serving uses in a unique mixed-use project incorporating new construction and renovation of existing industrial space.


Creating Scattered Site Affordable For- Sale Single Family Houses in the Denver Metro Area.