5th and Madison, an elegantly eco-friendly condo tower in downtown Seattle, offers gracious living without a guilty conscience. The wide, shallow homes are built with expansive, operable windows that bathe rooms in natural light and provide ventilation; thereby reducing energy costs. And talk about great views! Bathrooms are equipped with energy-efficient dual-flush toilets and low flow showerheads. In the kitchen, refrigerator-filtered water and ice make it easy to break the plastic water bottle habit. Low or no VOC paints and finishes were used throughout.
This eco-friendly condo tower is estimated to be 20% more energy efficient than industry standards and 75% of the construction waste was recycled. A lushly landscaped half-acre with a small stream is irrigated with rainwater collected from roof runoff and stored in underground cisterns. This lovely natural setting is open to the public during the day, while providing a private refuge for residents in the evening. The builders of 5th and Madison are currently seeking LEED certification.
Posted by Debra Emmons on August 6, 2008 2:14 PM
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