Green Condos Breathe New Life into Historic Buildings

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One way to live a little lighter on the earth is to set up residence in an eco-friendly condominium. There, you’ll enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in a building that used less resources to build than it would have taken to construct single family homes of comparable size. It’s no wonder that this reasonably-priced housing option is so popular throughout the United States. Many condos, like the ones listed below, are even housed in converted historic buildings which give them extra elements of character and greenness.

New green features incorporated into these old buildings include:  efficient tankless water heaters, high efficiency heating & cooling systems, solar panels, high performance windows, sustainable interior finishes and furnishings, Energy Star appliances and lighting, water-conserving fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, and close proximity to mass transit.

Some forward-thinking municipalities even offer developers special incentives to build new condo homes while restoring historic structures.

Here’s a list of some cool condos offering the latest in sustainable design and green building technologies:

  • Trenton Ferry in Trenton, NJ is a Victorian-era factory complex which is being converted to 18 luxury loft-condos.
  • The Sueños de la Loma, a 6 unit condo development located in the Historic La Loma Plaza district of Taos, NM, is a mix of new and renovated buildings inspired by the style of indigenous Pueblo architecture.
  • Chestnut Green in Foxborough, MA is a mixed-use community that includes 15 Over 55 condos.
  • The Providence, an 8-unit condo complex in Washington, DC is housed in a renovated historic 1920’s building.
  • The 1905 State & City Building in Roanoke, VA recently received LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The renovated building now houses seven 4,000 sq ft condominiums, an 8,000 sq ft penthouse, and some commercial space.

Tag(s): Green Building, Green Living, Greening the Home

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