This summer Gerding Edlen Development opened a 51-unit apartment building in Portland, Oregon called The 20 on Hawthorne.  The 20 is over 50% leased already and LEED Silver certification is pending.  Homes range in price from $900-$2,500 and in size from 502 to 968 square feet.  Perhaps more interestingly, though, this building has a stackable, automated parking system that fetches cars in about 30-40 seconds on average.  It's pretty cool to watch


In addition to the puzzle parking system, residents enjoy a number of green features, such as high-performance windows, efficient lighting design, Energy Star appliances, programmable thermostats, low-flow fixtures, dual-flush toilets, efficient irrigation, an eco-roof, low-toxicity materials, secure bicycle parking, access to Zipcar car share, and environmentally-responsible janitorial services. 

All in all, The 20 on Hawthorne is estimated to have about 23% more energy savings and 40% more water savings than a comparable building designed without such features.  The building was designed by GBD Architects.

Speaking about some of the green aspects of the building, Mark Edlen, CEO of Gerding Edlen Development, said, "We feel strongly that the places we build should improve the livability of the communities where they are located. They should use less energy and have cleaner air. It's just the right thing to do for this and future generations."  Check out the inside …







Photo credits: The 20 on Hawthorne.