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1341 H Street, NE; Washington, DC 20003

The Bearden Arts Building is a mixed‐use project by Taurus Development Group, completed in August 2008. This renovated green building at 1341 H Street NE includes ground floor retail and two floors of office space. The second phase of the project will be a new five‐story extension to the original structure, to house approximately 20 units of 'green' residential condominiums in four floors above retail. For more information:

CITY MARKET (Proposed)
CITY MARKET (Proposed)
CityMarket at O spans two blocks bounded by Seventh, Ninth, O and P streets NW

For his part, developer Spikell says he’ll be adding one more option in the next few years. He believes buyers and renters at the development‐which will include 150 to 160 condos, more than 400 apartments, 80 to 90 low‐income elderly apartments, and retail, including a new 71,000‐square‐foot Giant‐will be enticed by LEED certification. He’s also looking into installing central heating and cooling systems, as opposed to individual units. This time, he’ll have support. Every engineer and architectural firm he’s collaborating with has employees that have gone through LEED training “that’s qualified them to understand environmental issues and specifically how the LEED point system works,” he says. “Everyone’s interested it. It’s just amazing the change in attitude.” LEEDing By Example: Why are “Green” Apartments So Rare in DC? Posted by Ruth Samuelson on Nov. 19, 2008, at 11:49 am ( Read more: g‐by‐example‐why‐are‐green‐apartments‐so‐rare‐in‐dc/

GREEN LIVING IN Washington often conjures up images of designer organicclothing clad professionals who shop for locally grown produce at Whole Foods, feast on overpriced sustainable seafood at Hook and live in sleek luxury condos complete with solar‐panel roofing. But Washington is trying to show that the green lifestyle isn't just for rich folks anymore. Starting next month, almost all new affordable housing developments will have to be constructed according to ecofriendly standards that meet requirements set by the Green Building Act of 2006.

"Making this a requirement has helped the District become a leader in the green building movement," says Tina McDaniel, spokeswoman for the affordable housing nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners. The Green Building Act requires developers to bring both residential and commercial buildings up to a newer, greener code. Residential buildings must meet standards set by the Green Communities certification system, and commercial buildings will need to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

It's a source of both good and bad news for low‐income communities. Implementing sustainable building practices by increasing durability, improving insulation and installing energy‐efficient appliances drastically cuts down on long‐term costs. It often lowers residents' gas, electric and water bills — not to mention it contributes to the health of the planet.

But those innovations can also raise initial construction costs. Fortunately (for now, at least), local housing nonprofits are picking up the tab for the "greening" of the city's newest affordable homes.

This support is making it possible for low‐income Washingtonians to enjoy the state‐of‐the‐art features that come with cutting‐edge green design.

1217 Valley Avenue, SE; Washington, DC

In Southeast D.C., the new green housing development Wheeler Terrace (1217 Valley Avenue SE) seeks to revitalize a neighborhood that's been characterized over the years as a hot spot for crime. The Community Preservation and Development Corporation is redeveloping the property as a garden‐apartment community. Wheeler Terrace will feature a green roof, high‐efficiency white roofs, a geothermal heat pump, underground sand filters to recycle storm water, Energy Star kitchen appliances, a community urban garden and a gardening education program, among other amenities. Construction is slated to be completed by next summer. (2009)

Thanks to grants from local nonprofits, Wheeler Terrace will be the first affordable residential project to become LEED‐certified and will be awarded the LEED Gold rating for its many eco‐friendly features.

Wheeler Terrace is a great example of how quickly the green building movement is taking off. Just last year, D.C. saw its first affordable housing project go green.

1649 O Street, SE; Washington, DC

In a transformation that made local history, Anacostia's Galen Terrace (1649 O St. SE), went from broken‐down Section 8 apartments to newly renovated, sustainable units.

Juliette Moore has been living in Galen Terrace with her family for about 14 years. The 40‐something homemaker says the one thing she's noticed since her apartment was renovated is a reduction in her electric bill. "There's been a great difference," she said.

"We ain'tgotta pay as much now." It also seems that her monthly bill fluctuates a lot more than it used to — probably because eco‐friendly lights and thermostats adapt to use. "It's different prices [each month], based on what you use in your house," she said.

3125 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW; Washington, DC 20010

This summer (2008), another affordable green development was unveiled by developer Manna Inc. in Mount Pleasant: the four‐story Antonatl condo complex (3125 Mt. Pleasant St., NW). Antonatl's name — taken from a Salvadoran prince and hero who defeated Spanish conquistadors — has significance not only because Manna expects the majority of residents to be Salvadoran, but also because the nonprofit developer hopes the building will serve as a "beachhead against displacement."

Constructing Antonatl as a green condo complex — with features such as improved insulation, high‐efficiency furnaces and low‐flow toilets — would have been a pricey endeavor if it weren't for grants from affordable housing nonprofits, says Bob Lynch, the director of construction and design for Manna. Increased construction costs mean higher up‐front costs for the home‐buyer. Since Lynch works exclusively with first‐time home‐buyers earning low to moderate incomes, the initial cost is a serious concern.

"Of course [prospective home‐owners], can get paid back on the back end," he said, referring to reduced long‐term costs of living. "But, if they don't have the money on the front end, what do they do? Then they can't buy a house."

Fortunately, with more and more developers being forced to go green, construction costs are likely to drop, says David Bowers, director of Enterprise Community Partners' D.C. office. "There will be a market transformation that's going to happen pretty quickly here because of the [Green Building Act]," he said. "So, the up‐front incremental costs should go away pretty quickly."

That transformation, says Bowers, means only good things for the city. "There's going to be a re‐definition of what it means to build in this city," he said. "In commercial building and residential building, green is becoming standard rather than an option."

Written by SuemedhaSood for ExpressNightOutBlog Posted By Express at 12:05 AM on October 1, 2008

1101 3rd Street, SW; WDC 20024

RENOVATED and for sale Mid-2009
GREEN FEATURES- Waterfront Tower was re-designed using sustainable building practices and “green” materials in order to create a healthier living space for occupants, have a smaller impact on the environment, and deliver a system that reduces ongoing operating costs while extending the life cycle of the equipment.
* Common spaces use eco-friendly furnishings
* High-efficiency HVAC, boilers, lighting systems
* Low-VOC paints and floor finishes throughout
* Bentley Prince Street’s “Green Label Plus”carpets made from recycled materials
* High-efficiency windows create ample natural light but transfer minimal heat or cold
* High-efficiency appliances
* Proximity/Access
* Arena Stage
* New Safeway
* Complete Fitness Center
* Entertainment Lounge
* Secured-access Entry
* Front Desk Attendant
* Parking Available
* Social Center with Kitchen
* Generous Open Green Space with a Patio, Picnic Tables & Grills
* 24-Hour Onsite Security Cameras
* Bike Storage
* Personal Storage Units
* Easy Metro Access—Waterfront SEU Station (Green Line) is Next Door
* Onsite zipcar®
At Waterfront Tower you will have easy access to many services, shops, and amenities in the neighborhood, as well as to the rest of the city via the Waterfront SEU Metro station on the Green Line—in fact, the station is located next door to Waterfront Tower. From the many restaurants and cafes of the waterfront promenade to the monuments of our nation’s capital, everything is at your doorstep here.
Sustainable Living- Discover an iconic tower near the Washington Chanel and Potomac River that has been redesigned with a green future in mind; providing healthier, energy-efficient living spaces.
Bright Spaces- With its simple forms, clean lines and vast windows, the dynamic living spaces of Waterfront Tower have been redesigned to reflect the stylish new spirit of Southwest Washington.
Dynamic Community- Waterfront Tower reflects the changing face of Southwest DC. Offering modern comforts in a vibrant neighborhood, Waterfront Tower is a shining example of the strong new partnership between the community and the developers.
Master Architects- A masterpiece of high modernist architecture is reborn in 2009. Originally designed by legendary IM Pei, and newly revitalized by renowned firm Torti Gallas and Partners, Waterfront Tower offers world-class style in downtown DC.

1125 11th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

(Completed 2008) Located in the Logan Circle area, this new green, contemporary building has 27 condominium units on 9 floors with only two to four residences per floor. Some of the building's green features include a green roof, tinted glass, and recycled/recyclable materials. Inside each unit, there are energy efficient appliances and dual flush water saving toilets.

The modern building features metal, brick, and glass exteriors with a European design. Unit loft features include high ceilings, concrete ceilings with exposed duct work, and floor to ceiling windows which showcase tinted glass curtain wall designed by the architect. Each residence includes luxury finishes such as European designer kitchens with bamboo cabinets, hardwood floors in the main living areas, and lighted closets. Developer: Taurus Development Group

1 Scott Circle, NW Washington, DC 20036

General Scott Goes Green (DCMetrocentricBlog 7‐07‐2008)
Who says that you can’t go green if you live in a large building? The residents of the General Scott Condo NW decided that when they needed to replace their roof this year that they would go green.

The renovation of the roof of the 1940s Art Deco building is being designed by French Studios Architecture and includes the largest green roof installation on a residential building in DC to date, certified sustainably harvested timber throughout, a cool roof with high‐emissivity pavers and other impervious surfaces; and energy efficient custom low‐energy, long‐life led lighting to match the existing art deco fixtures.

We salute you General for going green! If more condo associations took a stand for the environment we could make DC look green from the sky! Check out another rendering of the rooftop after the jump…

More about The General Scott...
One of the few Art Deco examples in all of the nation's capital, the General Scott features a fabulous roof deck with panoramic city views, solarium, 24‐hour front desk, elegant sunken marble lobby, bike room, communal laundry room, and two passenger and one freight elevators. Extra storage is available. Cats are allowed with board approval (each unit is allowed up to two). The building is staffed with an onsite manager and an on‐site maintenance worker.

Built in 1940, The General Scott was converted to condominiums in 1982. The building has just completed extensive renovations to its passenger elevators, tuckpointed the entire building, and installed new AC chillers.

Sited in a dynamic central location where you can walk to Dupont Circle, Whole Foods (a.k.a., Fresh Fields) grocery store, several Metro stations, downtown, theater, restaurants, shops, the White House & so much more!

*The General Scott was among those select properties to be featured in James M. Goode's recently updated, "Best Addresses: A Century of Washington's Distinguished Apartment Houses" (Smithsonian Institution).

1133 14th Street, NW: Washington, DC 20005

(Completed 2006) At PN Hoffman we strive to find innovative ways to give our residents the ultimate “Fine Urban Living™” experience. As part of this mission, PN Hoffman embraces the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system. As Monty Hoffman, our CEO, said best “if it is good for the environment, it is good for the residents.” It is this environmentally conscious mindset that drives PN Hoffman’s goal of “Healthy Living through Healthy Design.” PN Hoffman leads the industry once again with its development of The Alta at Thomas Circle, which will be one of the first LEED‐Certified condominium buildings in the District (completed in 2006). In our future properties, PN Hoffman is dedicated to the LEED’s program and green building features.
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The Alta: The First Condominium in Washington DC to Qualify for the LEED Certification For Sustainable Design (5mb)

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