and "environmentally conscious" don't go hand and hand, right?
Well, that's starting to change with apartments like the Blair
Towns in Silver Spring. MD.
The Blair Towns
are the first apartments in the country to be designated LEED
Certified by the U. S. Green Building Council. Some of the
advanced design features include:
glass, which reduces heat buildup in the summer, and therefore
reduces energy used for cooling,
appliances are used.
walls have increased insulation.
make a more comfortable room environment with reduced air
heater and furnace have been combined. Energy that might be
lost from heated water is used to help heat the apartment
fixtures have reduced water flow for energy and water savings.
Electricity is sourced from 100% wind power. This is something that ANY apartment complex can do to attract new renters. The cost difference between coal-burning and wind power is very small now.
was selected so that dwellers wouldn't have to own a car. They
are close to the Red line Metro and shopping. Zip Car (rent by
the hour) cars are on site.
represents a state of the art example for any new apartment
construction in the US.