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Kitchens boast durable cabinets and Energy Star–qualified refrigerators. High ceilings with fans keep air moving and make the small units feel more spacious.


Dual-flush toilets and water-efficient faucets and showers promote water savings. All bathrooms included integrated grab bars.


 


Owner HCEB pursued a green building label for Magnolia Terrace through the GreenPoint Rated Existing Homes Multi- family program.


For its part, HCEB found that the Green-Point Rated process helped them meet their goals for Magnolia Terrace. “The support we’ve received and the collaborative spirit of the GreenPoint rated process has given us the opportunity to weave together the often conflicting priorities of preservation, green building and meeting the needs of our lowers income population,” says HCEB project manager Brianne Steinhauser.


Builder Jeff Halperin, president of D&H Construction, was impressed with the Green- Point program. He took classes on the green program to make sure he understood how to implement the various sustainable practices.


“What was important was that we knew at the beginning of the project that were going to pursue the GreenPoint program, so we were able to review the green requirements and goals with all the subs before construction even started,” says Halperin. “You have to give subs information ahead of time; you can’t just say, ‘Do it.’” More and more they are familiar with sustainable practices, but we went through each sub’s part of the project and figured out what they needed to do, and sent the specific requirements to them.”


Gonzalez emphasizes that it was the incredible efforts of the entire project team that made the complicated project a resounding success. “It was a labor of love,” he says, “and we had a wonderful team who all worked toward the end goal of providing well-designed, sustainable homes for people with disabilities. GB


PRODUCTS
Countertops — Caesarstone
Doors and Hardware — FSC-certified wood doors; formaldehyde-free MDF doors
Flooring — EcoTimber renewable woven bamboo flooring
Renewable Energy Systems — Sun Light & Power (PV panels)


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