Some of you may be in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival this week, and while you're in town, you might want to go check out some green projects. Probably the greenest building in Utah is located near Kimball Junction — Swaner EcoCenter — it's a must tour facility and nature preserve. Another project worth checking out, and maybe worth buying, is a three townhouse community called Tahoma. With Tahoma, a local developer took a dive into green development waters and ended up achieving the first Built Green Utah certified residential development in Park City. Tahoma was developed by Baker Street Properties, and based upon my communications with the developer, they're ready to build even greener for future projects.
To be clear, with Tahoma, we're talking about eco-luxury living. The focus is on efficiency, and all three, attached townhomes in the project were independently tested and certified to meet the requirements of Build Green Utah, Built Green Colorado, and the Energy Star New Home Program. Here's what that means:
- Average of 230 points on BGU/BGC certifications
- HERS Index Rating of ~53
- Each unit is ~47% more efficient than a standard new home built today
Naturally, the townhomes feature high end finishes, such as a Sub-Zero frig, Wolf range, Asko dishwasher, etc., but they also have radiant heating and efficient systems to minimize the energy requirements. The developer says this foray into green construction has changed his perspective on real estate development, and I certainly think that's a good thing. Remaining residences start at $1.695 M.
Photo credits: Scot Zimmerman.