|Real estate is beginning to turning
green. And it’s
no surprise that loft living is at the forefront of earth-friendliness.
One Loft complex recently finished by The Lander
Group on the Greenway
in South Minneapolis is high on hip factor and loaded to the rafters
with resource saving features and air quality devices. And even better,
it’s built to last with durable materials that will provide long
term cost savings. Here’s a checklist you can use whether you’re
looking for a new urban loft or thinking about remodeling your suburban
• Keep your indoor air
quality pure for better health – Request
paints and finishes that are “low or no VOC” (don’t
smell) to protect your air quality. Ask your builder to provide
you with fresh air into your HVAC and ductwork. Install beefed
up air filters in HVAC equipment. Make sure that cabinets have
sealed backs so that chemicals don’t escape from particleboard.
• Buy resource saving
features to keep utility costs low – Make
sure you’re installing energy star appliances to conserve
energy resources and your monthly expenses. Use ceiling fans and
light dimmers wherever practical. Strategically place transparent
eco-resin walls to let light shine through cutting down on electricity.
Create areas for multiple functions so fewer electronics are purchased
ie: a TV that swivels from one room to the next through an opening
in the wall.
• Use sustainable materials
for durability and long term cost savings – Bamboo
flooring is hot and replenishes in the forest faster than other
wood flooring sources. Carpet tiles from Interface create interesting
pattern choices and can be easily individually replaced if there
is a spill. Exterior siding of Hardiplank and steel create a
durable, contemporary design theme. Native landscaping in-between
cleverly placed grassy areas enhances the property’s
common green space.
Resources and information
www.LanderGroup.com - Midtown Lofts developer and green builder
in the Twin Cities
www.interfaceflor.com - design forward, easy to install eco-friendly
www.energystar.gov - information on energy savings and appliances