Sustainability

SUSTAINABILITY/GREEN/LEED CERTIFICATION
The Icehouse is a registered LEED Home Development project. LEED for Homes is the USGBC-approved benchmark for Green Buildings. While many projects may label themselves as “Green,” The LEED rating system guarantees the homeowner excellence in construction, materials, products and finishes. A LEED Home ensures exceptional air quality for a healthy home environment, maximizes efficiency, and can save the average homeowner up to 40% on utility bills.

In the 1st phase of the project, the New Construction Units earned LEED Platinum Certification, which is the highest level of LEED Certification.

Explanation

What is a “Green” Home?
A Green home is a residence that saves energy, costs less to operate and maintain, is healthier for its inhabitants, and has less of an impact on the Environment.

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What is LEED Certification?
More than just “Green,” the LEED for Homes program enforces the strictest and most objective National guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Design and Construction. In order to obtain LEED certification, construction is monitored at every level, from design and innovative building methods…to material selection… to the installation of Energy Star appliances. The LEED for Homes Certification provides the home owner the highest standards of excellence in Green Construction.

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Why should I buy a Green/LEED Certified home?

  • Big Savings on Utility Bills: In terms of water efficiency and energy savings, Green homes use up to 40% less energy than comparable standard homes.
  • Healthier: Natural ventilation and toxin-free construction methods enable residents to literally breathe easier!
  • Lower maintenance costs than a standard home, due to improved durability and efficiency of materials and products
  • Insurance and Mortgage Companies are starting to offer discount rates for Green Home Owners
  • The knowledge that your home is a leader in the pioneering of sustainable, earth-friendly homes in the world
  • Reduced Environmental Impact
    • Reduces the Urban Heat Island Effect
    • Reduces stress on the City Sewer System
    • Re-uses collected rain water, thereby reducing dependence on city water system and ultimately reducing your water bill
    • Green Home construction can divert as much as 95% of the average 2 tons of construction waste that is sent to a landfill during construction on a Non-Green home.
    • Requires less energy to operate and maintain

If you would like to learn more about LEED Certification, feel free to visit the USGBC website at: http://www.usgbc.org/leed/

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Green Features

Common Green Roof
Existing as a private oasis for Icehouse residents, the common area “green roof” separates the garden units from the park side units in the development. This area is a private, outdoor retreat where owners and residents can gather to socialize and create a sense of community. The “green roof” not only provides aesthetic benefits to the complex…it also serves numerous critical functions to the complex. A “green roof” absorbs C02 while producing and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. A “green roof” also reduces the “Urban Heat Island Effect,” by absorbing the sun’s rays and cooling the atmosphere. It also provides noise reduction, insulation, creates biodiversity, and acts as a fire-retardant. A “green roof” provides storm-water management and reduces the stress on the City sewer system. This is accomplished by the “green roof’s” ability to retain storm water and delay the release of the overflow until a time when the infrastructure of the sewer system can handle the load, thereby reducing the chance of flooding. “Green Roofs” can also provide horticulture therapy by creating an outdoor common- area that is a secure and convenient escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. A second common green roof area is being added in the 2nd phase of the project. This green roof will have a seating area, an outdoor kitchen and a rooftop dog park for the convenience of our residents.

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Rain Water Recycling System
A rainwater recycling system has been implemented into the design and operation of The Icehouse. The system is designed so that rainwater runoff will be captured and stored in 3 cisterns (holding tanks), and not permitted to flow directly into the already strained City sewer system. Only when the three 700-gallon tanks fill will the runoff flow out to the public sewer system. By installing a pump that’s connects to the cisterns, the stored water can be utilized for many purposes, including the watering and maintenance of the green roof, recharging the koi pond, water for cleaning, washing a car, watering house plants, cleaning your bike, or washing down sidewalks or building facades. The recycling of this water not only helps to sustain the infrastructure of the City, but also allows for the recycling of a precious resource.

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Recycle / ReUse materials
When demolishing a building, most of the debris traditionally has gone directly to the landfill. It is the goal of a “green project” to salvage and reuse as much of this building material as possible. Therefore, as part of demolition, the existing properties were disassembled by hand and most of the brick from the façade and the wood beams that comprised the structure were salvaged and will be utilized in the construction of the new Icehouse Complex. Much of this salvaged brick went into constructing the landscape beds and koi pond on the green roof, while many of the wood beams were utilized in the construction of stairs. Other materials such as metal, concrete, and scrap wood were separated during demolition and sent to the proper recycling centers.

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Sustainable building materials
Many of the building products utilized in construction are made of recycled materials; these include sustainable building products such as soy based insulation, countertops made from natural stone/quartz, as well as products made from renewable resources like bamboo.

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Common Area Solar Power
A solar power system comprised of electric generating photo-voltaic panels (PV) will be installed to provide the electric for all of the common areas in the development. Utilizing the suns rays to generate the power needed to operate the lighting for the parking garage, stairs, common walkways and the common- area green roof, will reduce the utility bills for the complex and therefore reduce the condominium fees that owners must pay. In addition, solar power is quite possibly the cleanest form of power, so an Icehouse Resident can feel good about their contribution towards reducing global warming by reducing the stress of their home on the environment. This system will be installed in the final of the project.

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High Efficiency Appliances
The Icehouse will utilize GE Energy Star appliances that utilize far less energy than that of standard appliances.

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Tankless Hot Water Heater
Quite possibly the biggest waste of energy in a home occurs in the production of hot water. Traditionally hot water heaters have 40-80 gallon tanks that hold water and run off of a thermostat that maintains a consistent temperature of the water at all times. Typically, individuals have a large need for this hot water in the morning, when showering and preparing for their day, and then again at night when they return, eat dinner, do dishes, and possibly shower again. During the day, when the demand for hot water is low, the water in the holding tank is still constantly heated to maintain this set temperature in anticipation of the night time usage. This greatly increases your energy usage, and thus, your utility bills.

With a tankless system, your hot water is on demand and heated as you need it. When hot water is requested, cold water is drawn through a coil system that quickly heats the water and then sends it to the point of demand; therefore the consistent heating of 50 to 100 gallons is not occurring.

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Dual Flush Toilets
Toto dual flush toilets allow for a separate mode when flushing liquid waste that conserves nearly 45% of the water used with standard model.

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High Efficiency HVAC
High efficiency heating and cooling systems will be installed that utilize less energy than standard systems.

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Hybrid Car Hookup
A resident of The Icehouse will have the option of having a hybrid car hookup installed at their parking space.

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Secure Bike Rack
A secure bike room with racks will be supplied in the 2nd phase for the use of all residents. The use of bicycles is encouraged as a way to reduce pollution and traffic in an Urban setting.

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Private Green Roof / Garden
All Units with roof decks will have private “green roofs.” Owners will have the option to “green” their entire rooftop area, or have just a portion of the roof deck be green, with a wood deck on the rest of the roof. There are numerous variations of roof top applications for a Buyer to choose.

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White Pigmented Roof
A white, pigmented roof- covering reduces the “Urban Heat Island Effect,” by providing a light surface that does not radiate the sun’s rays and create heat as a black roof does.

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Proximity to Public Transportation
The Icehouse is located just one city block from the Girard Avenue trolley stop and less than 10 blocks from the EL that runs directly downtown. This proximity to public transportation allows an Urban Dweller maximum mobility, without the increased economic dependence and environmental detriments of owning a vehicle.