Pie Contributes to Denver’s First-Ever LEED Gold Certified Rental Community

Arvada, Colorado (November 29, 2012) – Zocalo Community Development’s Solera project recently became the first LEED Gold certified multi-family leasing development in downtown Denver.  Pie Forensic Consultants (Pie) provided 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.

LEED_building_denver_clip_image002“Solera represents a significant step forward in advancing the regional and national movement towards energy conscious, durable design, and construction.  Lending our expertise to this innovative project has been truly rewarding,” comments Matt Heron, P.E., LEED® AP, Pie Project Manager.

The Solera project has received accolades for being the first of its kind. 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 features120 environmentally-friendly apartments located in the heart of LoDo at 1956 Lawrence Street.

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.

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.

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