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Just last month, these seven, attached, single-family homes received LEED Platinum certification — the first homes in Arkansas to achieve the USGBC's highest designation!  Vertical Modern Urban Lofts is located in downtown Little Rock, and the second phase of the project is under construction right now.  The homes range in price from $299k – $399k, and they're destined to save owners some cash going forward.  They exceed Energy Star standards by 41% and feature a number of green elements:

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  • Efficient ECO-Block ICF construction; 
  • Low water landscape design;
  • Energy Star appliances and lighting;
  • Double-insulated low-e windows;
  • Bamboo wood flooring; and
  • Efficient tankless water heaters and HVAC. 

Moreover, the gutters capture rainwater for irrigation use, and the roof deck is made with a product composed of recycled soda bottles.  I love that these homes have private roof deck space (see image below). 

Already over half of the total 15 available green homes are spoken for, so make sure to check out what's happening with Vertical Modern Urban Lofts, if you're near Little Rock, Arkansas.  The project was developed by Matt Bell in collaboration with the sustainability consulting of Viridian

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Photo credits: Matt Bell, Vertical Modern Urban Lofts.