Denver’s First-Ever LEED Gold Certified Rental Community

Zocalo Community Development’s Solera project recently became the first LEED Gold certified multi-family leasing development in downtown Denver.

We had the privilege of providing pre-design consultation, design reviews, a contractor/sub-contractor training seminar, mock-up performance testing, and on-site quality assurance observations during construction of the building envelope systems on this exciting new project.  Our engineers had a great time working on this innovative and rewarding project, which represents the future of energy-conscious construction.

The Solera project has received accolades for being the first of its kind (see this article from the Colorado Real Estate Journal and this article from 5280 Magazine) in the Denver area.  The green community is registered for LEED Gold Certification and will be the first sustainability-focused rental residence in the region to earn such high distinction.

The building features 120 environmentally-friendly apartments and is located in the heart of LoDo.  As a LEED Gold certified leasing community, the Solera project is designed to be 50% more energy efficient than a similar, merely code-compliant building. Building envelope components, such as the low-e argon filled windows and a highly reflective white TPO roof contribute significantly to its eco-friendly construction.

Each unit is equipped with a real-time energy consumption monitor, Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency lighting, and dual-flush toilets. Residents can even choose to power their apartments with energy generated from rooftop solar panels.  This project fits in perfectly with Denver’s push toward progressively eco-conscious building practices, and Pie is proud to be part of it all!

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