This is going to be a cool development when it’s complete. Slated to be the #1 highest scoring LEED building in the world by a fair margin (meaning: Platinum Certification at 64-66 points), Independence Station is 35% complete and should beat Oregon’s strict energy code by about 74%. Steven Ribeiro, developer and principal at Aldeia Development, energetically remarks on his project: "This retro-futuristic, mixed-use building will run on 100% renewable energy, primarily vegetable oil and the sun." Sounds good to me.
Here’s a list of some of the green features planned for Independence Station:
- 3rd largest solar PV installation in Oregon (130 kw)
- Time shifting energy system utilizing ice
- Extensive use of LEDs throughout the development
- Rainwater harvesting
- Greenroof and landscaped third floor courtyard
- Solar water heating; radiant floor heating and cooling
- Water-source geothermal heating and cooling
- Day lighting design
- Highly purified water and air
- High efficiency displacement ventilation
- Recycled and reclaimed building materials
- Low VOC paints and adhesives
- Rapidly renewable resources
- Utility costs of 92% less than a conventional building of the same size and type
Independence Station will have fifteen 1- to 2-bedroom units ranging in size from 600 to 1600 sf. Prices start in the low $200s and move up to about the mid $600s. There will also be roughly 11,900 sf of office space, 13,700 sf of retail, and 4,200 sf of basement level retail. Independence Station already has plans set to have a 4,600 sf biofuels research center for Oregon State University’s Chemical Engineering Department, too.
As a side note, the developer is looking for strategic partners, so if you’re interested in helping with one of the greenest developments in the country (if not THE greenest development), you can get in touch at Aldeia Development.