Green-minded renters don’t have to put up with inefficient behemoths. The multifamily housing industry is stepping up to the plate with multiple green housing projects that are stylish, efficient, and reasonably priced. Explore a few eco-friendly housing options from around the US.
Heartland: Eco Modern Flats in Fayetteville, Arkansas is showing renters that old buildings can be retrofitted to today’s standards. The 40-year-old apartment complex is being completely renovated to meet LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include rainwater collection for landscape irrigation; Energy Star appliances; efficient windows, HVAC systems, and lighting fixtures; and water-blown insulation. Residents can also appreciate no-VOC paints, concrete countertops made right in AR, and a solar powered pool that is heated for the cooler days. On a budget? That’s okay. Get an eco-friendly flat for as little as $725.
West Coast: San Jose apartment hunters can set their sights on Brookwood Terrace. This brand new community has received LEED Gold certification, and exceeded Title 24 standards by 17%. The buildings are home to 84 units, ranging from 636-1094 sq. ft. in size. Each building is encased with energy efficient insulation, low-E windows (regulate heat transfer), and an ultra-efficient water heater. Apartments include Energy Star appliances, efficient ductwork, low-VOC paints, and eco-friendly carpet. Put your lifestyle into practice with an apartment that reflects your green passions.
East Coast: Portland, ME is welcoming a green champion on Cumberland Avenue. Architects and developers worked together on a project that would avoid the use of fossil fuels and nearly eliminate utility bills. It’s a daunting challenge but it was worthwhile. The rooftop is laced with 30 solar photovoltaic panels and evacuated solar tubes for electricity and warming water. Temperatures are regulated through the use of top-notch insulation techniques, air-source heat pumps, and recovery ventilators. Residents pay about $9 per month in utilities and $140 per square foot for rent. Not bad for a tree-hugger’s paradise.