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The first phase of Metro Green, a mixed use transit-oriented development in Stamford, Conn., recently opened. Co-developed by Jonathan Rose Companies and Malkin Properties, the first component, Metro Green Apartments, is a 50-unit affordable housing development that is anticipating LEED Gold certification. The master plan for Metro Green includes 238 mixed-income residential units and a 350,000-sqaure-foot Class-A office tower.

Designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, Metro Green is anticipating LEED Gold both as a new building (LEED-NC) and as a pilot project for the LEED program for Neighborhood Design (LEED-ND). Environmentally responsible features in the apartments include:

  • A rainwater harvesting system that funnels water from the roof into two 10,000-gallon concrete storage tanks to be used for drip irrigation and filtered for use in washing machines in a shared laundry room. Also, the public plaza that is pitched toward a rain garden to gather and retain rain water to prevent a surge on the municipal system during severe weather.

  • A high-performance building envelope that is characterized by a white roof designed to reduce heat-island effect. It features high efficiency, operable double-hung windows, Hardi plank siding, and a high-performance spray on cellulose insulation.

  • Individual heating and cooling units that are individually controlled from each residential unit, as well as high-efficiency, gas-fired domestic water heaters in each unit to provide domestic hot-water on an as-needed basis.

  • Street lights are energy efficient and reflect light downward to reduce light pollution from the complex.

  • Individual unit electricity metering, as well as Energy Star-rated appliances and light fixtures.

The project aims to help accommodate demand for housing targeting multiple income-levels as well as supply office space.