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Silver Gardens

Silver Gardens

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    Shaded balconies and blocks of color animate the modern stucco facade, which complements downtown Albuquerque’s urban aesthetic.

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    Downspouts on the building’s courtyard-facing side funnel rainwater from the roof into a 5,000-gallon underground cistern, which supplies almost 60% of landscape irrigation needs.

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    The 66-unit apartment building sits on a two-thirds-acre former brownfield across the street from the new Alvarado Transportation Center, a bus and train hub.

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    The open plan ensures a view of the outdoors from the kitchen. Kitchen and bath flooring is FloorScore-certified Armstrong BioBased Tile, which is polyvinyl chloride-free and made with 10% pre-consumer recycled limestone.

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    The lobby’s two-story volume is a cheerful gathering space with adjacent community room. Its ceramic tile flooring contains 40% recycled content.

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The design of Silver Gardens—66 apartments in downtown Albuquerque—left almost nothing on the table. Its lengthy list of eco-specs reads like a LEED handbook, hence the Platinum rating. What’s more, these accomplishments played out on a handsome product targeting residents with an income mix from formerly homeless to market rate, including those with special needs.

The robust building’s sustainable attributes are varied and vast, from solar and wind power supplying 80% of common-area electricity, a lighting package 40% more efficient than standard, and an HRV and high-efficiency fan coil/heat pump for each unit, to covered bike storage and walk-off entry mats.

According to developer Romero Rose, this is the first U.S. affordable housing development to take its best practices to the bank—or, in this case, the Enterprise Green Communities Carbon Offset Fund. Proceeds of roughly $280,000 will help pay for the supportive services the building provides (such as an on-site coordinator who ensures that residents with physical and behavioral health challenges receive the medical and social services they need), as will more than $20,000 in energy-related utility rebates.


PRODUCTS

Windows: Mercer / Doors: Arcadia / Roofing: Carlisle / Decking: Trex / Landscape Irrigation: Hunter / Insulation: Knauf, Western Fibers / Appliances: GE, Maytag / Kitchen Faucets: ProFlo / Cabinetry: Merillat / Countertops: VT Industries / Toilets: ProFlo / Bath Faucets & Showerheads: Delta, ProFlo / Interior Doors: Taylor Door Company / Interior Lighting: American Fluorescent, Cooper Lighting, Elco Lighting / Occupancy Sensors: WattStopper / Exterior Lighting: Cooper Lighting / Paints & Stains: Kwal Paint / Flooring & Carpeting: Patcraft, Shaw / HVAC: Bryant / Water Heating: Rheem / Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Alarm: Kidde / Ventilation: Broan / Entrance Mats & Grating: ProTek

 

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