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Green has become so much more than just a color; it’s now a way of thinking and living. Green is the new way of planning, constructing, and building.
What is Green?
The term “Green building” can apply to both pre-exisiting and new building designs. According to an online article on Stand Up For The Earth, the following are five characteristics common to Green buildings:
1. Water Management
The installation of water efficient equipment and appliances can help reduce water consumption without decreasing performance levels.
2. Indoor Environment
Providing the right balance of fresh air is achievable through HVAC systems, along with using materials that emit low-VOCs. Skylights and an abundance of windows help natural sunlight enter while reducing the use of artificial lighting.
3. Site Design and Planning
When designing a site plan, location is key, especially when it’s within walking distance to everyday conveniences, such as a subway station. This walkability helps to reduce automobile pollution.
4. Material and Product Selection
Using renewable materials, such as bamboo flooring or wool carpets, during the construction process helps to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials.
The use of solar and wind energy helps to naturally create building electricity on site, instead of obtaining energy through a power plant.
How a Building Becomes Green
While there are many different standards for Green buildings, the most common is LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is a standard created by the U.S. Green Building Council. In this process, points are accumulated for best-in-class building strategies and practices. Earning points helps buildings achieve different levels of certification, which go from certified to silver to gold to platinum.
Top Green Apartments
Here are just a few of the top Green apartments found in New York City:
– Located in the Downtown area, The Toren is a new, luxury tower, featuring 240 condos. These condos encompass resort-inspired amenities, along with a bi-level roof garden, and will receive the LEED Gold certification.
Battery Park City
– The Visionaire is Manhattan’s first and only LEED Platinum certified building with construction completed with 50% recycled materials. This building also features a central water filtration system, along with luxury amenities.
Upper East Side
– The Lucida, the first LEED certified building in the Upper East Side, features a sustainable air filtration system, low-VOC features, and an ambitious recycling program, along with luxurious conveniences.
– Chelsea Green, awarded LEED Gold certification, boasts top-of-the-line amenities for Green living, along with being a Model for energy-efficiency.
– Recently redesigned, The Schumacher features 16-foot barrel-vaulted ceilings and massive windows allowing for plenty of natural light to enter each unit. This apartment complex also houses a roof top garden and is close to world-class shopping, restaurants, and bars.
– The Village Green West, a relatively new apartment development, is set to earn the LEED Gold Certification due in part to its energy-efficient appliances, water conserving fixtures, high performance windows, and low-cost heating and cooling systems.
For a more comprehensive list on Green apartment buildings, please visit our New York City Green Buildings article.