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.