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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/.

To satisfy the preservation/conservation crossover, the architect set out to “keep, repair, or find a sympathetic material” for as much of the original exterior as possible. “On the Market Street side, the cast-iron window hoods were mostly intact so we just replicated the missing pieces to fill in the gaps, and repainted the brick,” says the architect. He wasn’t as lucky on the opposite elevation: “The wall that would form the entry to the residences was in such bad shape it needed to be dismantled and rebuilt.”

To maximize energy efficiency, the exterior walls were furred out and filled with R-19 batt insulation; the roofs also are insulated with batts, to R-38.

Old photographs proved invaluable to the process. One image revealed a terra cotta roof above the storefront that was replaced with a slate-look roofing material composed of 80% recycled post-industrial rubber and plastic that mimicked the original reddish-orange color. A recycled thermoplastic single-ply roofing membrane was then installed on the roof to increase heat reflectivity. A separate section was planted with sedum to create a “living roof” to provide a cooling effect in the summer.

Fire and water damage on the interiors eliminated any hope of salvaging materials. “There was nothing historic left so we didn’t feel we needed to go historic with the design of the apartments. Instead we went for a more transitional contemporary look,” says Stevenson, who mapped out six one-bedroom units and one two-bedroom model all with open floor plans and lots of natural light. “The original window openings were very generous and we used photos to replicate the window styles, but in keeping with the more modern look there are no casings.”

The clean layouts provided a perfect canvas for piling on a laundry list of green products, including bamboo floors; Energy Star–compliant lighting and appliances; low-flow fixtures; and low-VOC paint. All construction debris was sorted and recycled.

These features, coupled with projected energy savings of 25% to 30% compared with conventional buildings, quickly attracted renters: Five of the seven units were scooped up before they were even advertised. The location’s proximity to jobs also helped lure the mostly young professional residents.

Despite the challenges of navigating the LEED system, the consultant applauds the developer’s efforts. “By nature the work preservationists do is environmentally sound, and the complexity of turning three buildings into desirable retail and living space involved a lot of risk,” says Ellsworth. “This project was seminal in seeing a new idea move forward.”