Big, Affordable, and Green

March/April 2005
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 01, 2005
        1400 on Fifth, a condominium building located in Harlem, New York, celebrated its grand opening in October, 2004, marking its status as the largest affordable green multifamily residence in the country. Designed by the firm Full Spectrum, which specializes in developing affordable green and smart buildings for urban markets, the $40 million, 225,000 ft2 building consists of 129 condominium homes, 9 townhouses, and first-floor retail space.Twothirds of the condominiums are reserved for buyers with an annual income of $50,000–$104,000, while the last third are selling at market rates. Retail residents include a sports club, a dry cleaner, a bank, and a restaurant. Housing Commissioner Shaun Donovan says that “1400 on Fifth gives 129 families the opportunity to be homeowners and to build their futures in Harlem.”         1400 on Fifth is the first affordable urban housing development to receive a New Construction Whole Building Award for its energy design. It is also expected to qualify for the New York State Green Building tax credit, as well as a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Award. Steven Winter Associates, Incorporated, oversaw the project’s design to ensure that these standards could be met.   &...

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