America’s Top 10 Best Green Condos

Natural Home’s Top 10 green apartment buildings.

| Septmeber/October 2007

  • The Elleven in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Luxurious living spaces in the nearly finished Riverhouse, in New York's Battery Park City, will feature views of the Hudson and Lower Manhattan skyline.
  • Chicago's solar powered Wentworth Commons has won green-building awards and provides affordable housing units.

Our picks for the nation’s best green apartment buildings may look like other urban high-rises, but inside they feature cutting-edge, energy-saving design that marries urban living with healthy indoor air and eco-friendly materials. Many of these sleek, ultra-modern residences—some under construction and others completed—are on track to qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Our 10 favorites are listed alphabetically by city.

1. Boston, Massachusetts
Macallen Building

The luxurious 11-story, 143-unit Macallen Building, built to LEED Gold standards, features views of the Back Bay skyline. Management emphasizes a recycling program and a community-share car.

■  Green roof for storm water run-off relief
■  Innovative water- and electricity-saving technology
■  Abundant natural light; less electrical need
■  Rainwater used for landscape irrigation
■  Significant use of natural and recycled materials
■  More than 80 percent of construction debris recycled

Status: Finished July 2007

2. Chicago, Illinois
Wentworth Commons

After environmental remediation from a dry-cleaning plant, Wentworth Commons has transformed into a sustainable, affordable downtown housing project.

■  Low-emission materials and fly-ash concrete
■  Reflective roof
■  Highly insulated building envelope
■  Backyard stormwater runoff reduction features

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