Try searching for images that combine green building with new urbanism. It’s not easy. Both movements are lead by visionary developers with strong public interest, yet creating an energy-efficient walkable community has mostly proved a bit too sophisticated to date.
Thankfully, developers like Solar Village (profiled previously and The Lander Group are breaking new ground with just that – green buildings in new urbanist environments. Some of the green building features in The Lander Group’s Midtown Lofts (pictured) include:
– Energy Star rated appliances and furnace;
– Low VOC paints;
– Large, low-e windows;
– Carpet made of mostly recycled content;
– Formaldehyde-free kitchen cabinets
– Low-flow faucet and fixtures, and a dual-flush toilet
– Composite (plastic and wood) decking material
Meanwhile, the U.S. Green Building Council is finally working on environmental (LEED) standards for neighborhoods with its LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) designation.
For more examples, check out this article by The Town Paper.