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First Green Apartments in Orange County January 23, 2009

Posted by Tom in energy savings, Equity Thru Energy, Interesting stories, Technology.
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A new, green apartment complex in Irvine, Calif. called Main Street Village will be open for new residents this March. The apartments, located off off of Main between Von Karman and Jamboree, include various environmentally friendly features inside and outside of each unit. Inside, you’ll find low-flow faucets and low-flow toilets, low VOC adhesives, carpets and paints, Energy Star appliances and high-efficiency heating/cooling systems. The roofs are heat reflective, helping with temperature control inside of the buildings, and the complex features a community garden where residents can grow their own flowers, fruits and veggies. To read the details about Main Street Village, see this post on Orange County Register’s Green OC blog.

It is good to see that these new apartments are embracing the green lifestyle, but I was very surprised to hear that they are the first certifiably green apartments open for the public to rent in Orange County, Calif. There are many companies in Orange County that are doing their part by reducing their carbon footprint or providing goods or services that promote or enhance a healthy environment (to read about some of these companies, read this story from OC Metro). Because I’ve been hearing about all of these companies and what significant things they were doing to become or help us become more eco-friendly, I assumed the housing industry had already jumped on the bandwagon. Main Street Village is applying for the silver level of LEED certification, so obviously there are many other green enhancements that could be made, like incorporating solar energy and implementing energy saving controls to monitor pool/spa heating.

What do you think would make Main Street Village more green? Are there any certifiably green apartment/housing areas in your area?

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