Green Condo Living

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Living in a condominium has numerous advantages, minimal maintenance for one, but condo living also has a smaller environmental impact than residing in a single family home.  It takes less resources to construct, and because a condo unit is typically surrounded by other units on three sides, it takes less energy (and money) to heat and cool than a single family home.  The following is a sampling of condos that incorporate green features which minimize utility bills, enhance indoor air quality, and reduce the residents’ carbon footprints.   Most offer a convenient downtown location which also allows residents to lower their emissions by taking advantage of mass transportation. 

  • City Center Lofts are planned for Salt Lake City, Utah, and are extraordinarily green as they are constructed of recycled shipping containers.  The complex has integrated high efficiency heat exchangers with HEPA filtration; low-VOC paints, sealants and adhesives; a green roof; natural ventilation; on-demand water heaters, and bicycle storage.
  • eco18 (pictured here) in Chicago’s historic South Loop is LEED certified building with geothermal and solar thermal hot water systems, energy and water efficient technologies, recycled materials throughout, and a strict indoor air quality management plan.
  • Monarch Lofts in Lawrence, Massachusetts utilizes an eco-friendly geothermal heating/cooling system; Energy Star appliances, lighting and windows; and easy access to mass transit.
  • Spectrum at Falls Church, Virginia is a newly constructed complex which has plenty of eco-friendly characteristics, such as low-VOC paints, dual flush toilets, and a green roof that manages storm water and reduces noise pollution.
  • Sterling Green will soon be calling Brooklyn, New York home and will feature sustainable kitchen cabinetry and flooring; energy efficient lighting, appliances, tankless water heaters, and low-E windows; and common areas powered by wind energy.
  • 73 North Market Street, a luxury green condominium high-rise, is planned for Asheville, North Carolina.  It will feature solar panels, a green roof, locally-sourced materials, and an underground parking garage for highly fuel efficient vehicles.

Tag(s): Green Building, Greening the Home

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2 Responses to “Green Condo Living”

  1. free karma on March 25th, 2009 1:39 pm

    Condos are a great way for a city to get the most people to live in a compacted space

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