LEED Gold Tower Puts Bellevue on the Map

Jan 29, 2009

539-unit condominium towers combine green living with luxury

“The $438 million Bellevue Towers project is changing Bellevue's skyline, and by bringing Portland-based developer Gerding Edlen to the region, it is also changing the city's environmental reputation,” writes Katie Zemtseff, Staff Reporter of the Daily Journal of Commerce.

“Mike Brennan, director of Bellevue's Development Services Department, said this is the most prominent green building in the city and the first multifamily high-rise that has gone for LEED certification in Bellevue. Bellevue Towers is shooting for LEED gold.”

“Bellevue Towers is designed to be 32 percent more energy efficient than the national ASHRAE baseline, thanks to an energy-efficient glass facade and daylighting. It has low-flow plumbing fixtures, dual-flush toilets, a rooftop garden between the buildings and an efficient condensing boiler.”

“Renee Loveland, sustainability manager for Gerding Edlen, said the building integrates luxury and sustainability. People often think sustainable living means making sacrifices, but Loveland said this shows, 'You can still have the comfort and quality of experience that you would otherwise have and yet be more gentle with your environmental footprint.'”

“Gerding Edlen has based its business model on the idea that even though some of its green techniques cost more, the investment now will pay off later when the rest of the market catches up. Despite the economy, the developer is continuing to push the envelope. [Mark] Edlen said his firm is in the early stages of developing a 200-foot-tall “living building” in Portland that will produce all the energy it needs. If all goes as planned, construction could begin in 2010.”

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