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Composed of up to 80 postindustrial recycled rubber and plastic EcoStars Majestic Slate roofing tiles mimic the look of slate. Featuring a 50year Gold Star or limited materials warranty and available with a 100mph wind warranty Majestic Slate tiles provide enhanced resistance to harsh weather conditions including wind driving rain and hail says the firm. The product is available in an array of colors. 800.211.7170. www.ecostar.carlisle.com.

Historic Charm Meets Modern Sustainability

Saved from bulldozers, this historic building was preserved and conserved into a multi-use and multifamily project.

Historic Charm Meets Modern Sustainability

Saved from bulldozers, this historic building was preserved and conserved into a multi-use and multifamily project.

  • Project Market at Fifth PittsburghSize 16000 square feetCost  3.5 millionCompleted Apartments September 2009 Retail December 2009Certification LEEDNC GoldDeveloper Pittsburgh History and Landmark FoundationBuilder Sterling Contracting PittsburghArchitect LDA Architects PittsburghLEED Consultant evolveEA PittsburghEngineering mechanical electrical and plumbing Iams Consulting Pittsburgh

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    Project Market at Fifth PittsburghSize 16000 square feetCost 3.5 millionCompleted Apartments September 2009 Retail December 2009Certification LEEDNC GoldDeveloper Pittsburgh History and Landmark FoundationBuilder Sterling Contracting PittsburghArchitect LDA Architects PittsburghLEED Consultant evolveEA PittsburghEngineering mechanical electrical and plumbing Iams Consulting Pittsburgh

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    PROJECT DETAILS
    Project: Market at Fifth, Pittsburgh
    Size: 16,000 square feet
    Cost:  $3.5 million
    Completed: Apartments, September 2009; Retail, December 2009
    Certification: LEED-NC Gold
    Developer: Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation
    Builder: Sterling Contracting, Pittsburgh
    Architect: LDA Architects, Pittsburgh
    LEED Consultant: evolveEA, Pittsburgh
    Engineering(mechanical, electrical, and plumbing): Iams Consulting, Pittsburgh

  • The apartment bedrooms feature Atlas Varenna carpet a broadloom cutloop 36weight legacy nylon product. All Atlas products are CRI Green Label Pluscertified. Scottdels Tartan Universe Multibond padding is 100 recyclable and can improve the thermal insulation properties of the carpet. Atlas 800.372.6274. www.atlascarpetmills.com. Scottdel 800.446.2341. www.scottdel.com.

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    The apartment bedrooms feature Atlas Varenna carpet a broadloom cutloop 36weight legacy nylon product. All Atlas products are CRI Green Label Pluscertified. Scottdels Tartan Universe Multibond padding is 100 recyclable and can improve the thermal insulation properties of the carpet. Atlas 800.372.6274. www.atlascarpetmills.com. Scottdel 800.446.2341. www.scottdel.com.

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    WINDOWS
    In order to match the windows to the original style, the architect utilized custom Andersen double-hung, casement, and fixed windows. The wood-frame models feature low-E, argon-filled glass and have a U-factor of 0.30 or less. 800.426.4261. http://www.andersenwindows.com/.

    CARPET & PADDING
    The apartment bedrooms feature Atlas’ Varenna carpet, a broadloom, cut-loop, 36-weight legacy nylon product. All Atlas products are CRI Green Label Plus–certified. Scottdel’s Tartan Universe Multibond padding is 100% recyclable and can improve the thermal insulation properties of the carpet. Atlas: 800.372.6274. http://www.atlascarpetmills.com/. Scottdel: 800.446.2341. http://www.scottdel.com/.

  • The Roofscapes vegetative roofs moistureretention layers store water for plant use reducing water flow to drains droughttolerant sedum will absorb 70 to 80 of rainfall and requires no additional irrigation. Sika Sarnafils G476 vinyl membrane has a nonpermeable closedcell foam backing layer coated with pressuresensitive adhesive. Roofscapes 215.247.8784. www.roofmeadow.com. Sika Sarnafil 800.451.2504. www.sarnafilus.com.

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    The Roofscapes vegetative roofs moistureretention layers store water for plant use reducing water flow to drains droughttolerant sedum will absorb 70 to 80 of rainfall and requires no additional irrigation. Sika Sarnafils G476 vinyl membrane has a nonpermeable closedcell foam backing layer coated with pressuresensitive adhesive. Roofscapes 215.247.8784. www.roofmeadow.com. Sika Sarnafil 800.451.2504. www.sarnafilus.com.

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    VEGETATIVE ROOF
    The Roofscapes vegetative roof’s moisture-retention layers store water for plant use, reducing water flow to drains; drought-tolerant sedum will absorb 70% to 80% of rainfall and requires no additional irrigation. Sika Sarnafil’s G476 vinyl membrane has a non-permeable, closed-cell foam backing layer coated with pressure-sensitive adhesive. Roofscapes: 215.247.8784. http://www.roofmeadow.com/. Sika Sarnafil: 800.451.2504. http://www.sarnafilus.com/.

  • Composed of up to 80 postindustrial recycled rubber and plastic EcoStars Majestic Slate roofing tiles mimic the look of slate. Featuring a 50year Gold Star or limited materials warranty and available with a 100mph wind warranty Majestic Slate tiles provide enhanced resistance to harsh weather conditions including wind driving rain and hail says the firm. The product is available in an array of colors. 800.211.7170. www.ecostar.carlisle.com.

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    Composed of up to 80 postindustrial recycled rubber and plastic EcoStars Majestic Slate roofing tiles mimic the look of slate. Featuring a 50year Gold Star or limited materials warranty and available with a 100mph wind warranty Majestic Slate tiles provide enhanced resistance to harsh weather conditions including wind driving rain and hail says the firm. The product is available in an array of colors. 800.211.7170. www.ecostar.carlisle.com.

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    ROOFING
    Composed of up to 80% post-industrial recycled rubber and plastic, EcoStar’s Majestic Slate roofing tiles mimic the look of slate. Featuring a 50-year Gold Star or limited materials warranty and available with a 100-mph wind warranty, Majestic Slate tiles provide enhanced resistance to harsh weather conditions, including wind, driving rain, and hail, says the firm. The product is available in an array of colors. 800.211.7170. http://www.ecostar.carlisle.com/.

  • The Cadet 3 toilet part of American Standards Flowise series is available in one and twopiece models with elongated or round bowls. The 1.28gpf highefficiency toilet is WaterSensecertified. 800.442.1902. www.americanstandardus.com.

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    The Cadet 3 toilet part of American Standards Flowise series is available in one and twopiece models with elongated or round bowls. The 1.28gpf highefficiency toilet is WaterSensecertified. 800.442.1902. www.americanstandardus.com.

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    TOILETS
    The Cadet 3 toilet, part of American Standard’s Flowise series, is available in one- and two-piece models with elongated or round bowls. The 1.28-gpf high-efficiency toilet is WaterSense-certified. 800.442.1902. http://www.americanstandard-us.com/.

  • The apartments Mohawk flush doors feature a mahoganyfinish wood skin over an agrifiber core. The 100 recycled agrifiber consists of fibrous material such as wheat straw sunflower husks or hemp. The agrifiber cores contain no added ureaformaldehyde. 570.473.3557. www.mohawkdoors.com.

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    The apartments Mohawk flush doors feature a mahoganyfinish wood skin over an agrifiber core. The 100 recycled agrifiber consists of fibrous material such as wheat straw sunflower husks or hemp. The agrifiber cores contain no added ureaformaldehyde. 570.473.3557. www.mohawkdoors.com.

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    DRYWALL & ADHESIVE
    The National Gypsum drywall was manufactured with 100% recycled content from power plant waste. The drywall was applied with OSI Green Series low-VOC construction adhesive, which is Greenguard-certified. National Gypsum: 704.365.7300. http://www.ngc-green/. OSI: 800.624.7767. http://www.osipro.com/.

    DOORS
    The apartments’ Mohawk flush doors feature a mahogany-finish wood skin over an agrifiber core. The 100% recycled agrifiber consists of fibrous material such as wheat straw, sunflower husks, or hemp. The agrifiber cores contain no added urea-formaldehyde. 570.473.3557. http://www.mohawkdoors.com/.

In the late 1990s former Pittsburgh mayor Tom Murphy proposed razing 64 historic buildings to make way for an open-air mall as part of a plan to revitalize the city’s ailing downtown retail district. But Arthur Ziegler, president of the Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation, had other ideas. “We believed restored historic buildings would be more attractive to people than the suburban-style endeavor he was proposing,” says Ziegler, whose organization waged a battle that successfully thwarted Murphy’s demolition plan.

Shortly after the mayor lost his attempt to bring big-box retailing to downtown, Ziegler’s foundation paid $260,000 for three buildings to kick-start what it hoped would be a strong revitalization movement.

The centerpiece of the plan was Market at Fifth, a mixed-use project designed to bring high-end retail back to downtown while answering the need for more quality urban living space—in this case seven apartments. According to Ziegler, the three deteriorating buildings had been used for a variety of retail endeavors in the past but were in such bad repair they had been vacant for several years. The basic plan was to house shops in two of the structures and remodel one building for residential.

The heavy subsidies needed to attain the results he envisioned didn’t stop him from upping the ante and announcing the foundation’s intent to seek LEED for New Construction Gold certification. “We wanted to establish a model for the best of preservation by meeting the highest standards that could be applied to a historic building today, and that meant the National Register for restoration and architecture, and LEED for materials and systems,” he says.

The somewhat unprecedented decision—to date only a handful of historic developments in the country have attained LEED-certified status—required a team to make it happen. Past experience in preservation made LDA Architects a good choice for navigating the government standards necessary to garner historic tax credits, and architect Tom Stevenson immediately grasped the overlapping point possibilities. “Doing things like maintaining 75% of the roof, walls, and floor structure, and reusing existing materials equaled points for both tax credits and LEED,” he notes.

Still, his firm opted to bring in Andrew Ellsworth, a LEED consultant, to assist with the finer aspects of certification. “This was not a typical situation—mixed use isn’t even technically a category,” says Ellsworth, noting that one of the biggest challenges was trying to plug a reuse project into the New Construction scoring framework that was geared toward office buildings. “It was difficult to interpret for a residential setting but everyone was determined to meet the challenge of implementing green in a historic setting.”