Solera Apartments in downtown Denver held its grand opening last month with 30% occupancy and a steady flow of potential lessees.  The 11-story, 120-unit project received LEED Gold certification — believed to be the first for a project of this kind in the Rocky Mountain Region — and was named Multi-family Project of the Year by Denver University's School of Real Estate.  Beyond that, Solera is expected to save about 60% or more on energy. 


Apartments have Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency lighting, occupancy sensors, dual-flush toilets, and a real-time TED energy monitor.  One- and two-bedroom apartments range in price from about $1,035-$2,990 per month. 

With a Walkscore of 92 and a comprehensive bike program, residents also have the opportunity to live car-free. 

In terms of construction, Solera was built with FSC-certified wods, 10% recycled materials, low-VOC paints and materials, and wood with no added urea-formaldehyde.  75% of construction waste was recycled. 

Projected energy savings come from a 99%-efficient water boiler, low-E argon-filled windows, R21 blown-in cellulose insulation, CFL and LED lighting, and a white roof that reduces the heat island effect on the building. 

Plus, there's a substantial photovoltaic system that provides a shady area to hang out.  Residents can rent power from the solar array with an state-of-the-art Solar Renter Program. 




Credits: 1956 Lawrence Apartment Developers, LLC; Solera