Sola Impact and Zenerate
Sola Impact and Zenerate partnership for affordable housing

Real estate developer partners with AI startup to automate affordable housing developments

Aug. 22, 2023
New platform leverages AI to optimize feasibility analysis for real estate projects in California.

In a landmark move to revolutionize the affordable housing sector, leading California-based real estate developer SoLa Impact has partnered with Zenerate, an innovative AI startup in the Proptech space to streamline and automate the feasibility analysis process for their affordable and modular housing developments. The collaboration brings cutting-edge AI technology to the modular construction industry and dramatically accelerates the speed of planning, configuration, design, and the permit approval process for a wide range of SoLa’s affording housing projects.

Demand in the affordable segment is increasing, so the need for swift and accurate feasibility, configuration, and design analysis has become paramount in the real estate development landscape. The integration of Zenerate’s software into SoLa Impact’s modular operations will facilitate data-driven decision-making, allowing for a more efficient and comprehensive evaluation of potential development sites, construction costs, and market demand. By automating the feasibility and design analysis, SoLa Impact’s team will be able to evaluate more sites, repurpose vacant and sub-optimized locations, and build for maximum density and affordability.

Martin Muoto, the Founder and CEO of SoLa Impact, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership in a press release: “By leveraging Zenerate’s cutting-edge technology combined with our proprietary standardization processes, we can bring significantly more units to market more cost-effectively and more quickly, with the vast majority of our projects to house people that are currently homeless and living in tents. Equally important, these are units that are an order-of-magnitude more energy efficient than the aging housing stock they are replacing. All units are fully electric, use water-efficient fixtures, and have ENERGY STAR-certified appliances, dramatically reducing GHG emissions while providing cost savings to California’s low-income Black and brown communities.”

Sustainable, Affordable Housing to Expand

SoLa Impact is committed to creating sustainable, community-focused housing solutions, having been at the forefront of addressing the affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles over the last decade. The socially-responsible developer currently has more than 35 projects with almost 3,000 units at various stages of construction, the majority of which are dedicated to affordable housing.

The innovative approach undertaken by SoLa Impact and Zenerate is expected to have a significant impact on the speed and scale of affordable housing development in California, starting in Los Angeles—the largest affordable housing market in the United States with the most acute homeless problem—and then expanding to other local municipalities, and eventually, other states.

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