Al Gore isn't the only one who likes to live green

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Future residents of a new condo building in Woodlawn will cook with energy-efficient appliances, walk on sustainably harvested bamboo floors and relax on the green roof of their parking garage.

From the solar panel roof to the recycled fibers of the carpet in the bedrooms, Living Green Lofts was designed with an eco-friendly ethos in mind, according to real estate agent Pamela Holt, who’s marketing the 24-unit project, at 1501 E 65th St.

Florian Architects designed the LEED-certified new-construction building, which contains simplex and duplex condos with one, two or three bedrooms, said Holt, of real estate agency “reChgo,” a division of At Properties.

The residences come with lofty-looking exposed ductwork and rustic concrete countertops, which are available in brown, gold and other stains. Developer Woodlawn Renaissance Partners is confident there’s demand for new homes constructed from materials that are sensitive to the environment, Holt said.

“There are passionate environmentalists out there,” she said. “I don’t think it’s just Al Gore.”

But even if preventing global warming isn’t uppermost in a buyer’s mind, living in an eco-friendly home helps people conserve a different kind of “green,” too, Holt noted.

“When homeowners get their gas bill and their electricity bill and their water bill, they’ll appreciate the dramatic difference in the product we are offering, she said. “Solar panels will offset the individual unit owners’ utility costs, and there are super-insulated windows so that you’re not running your furnace or your air conditioning to the extent that you would in a traditional condominium.”

In keeping with the “green community” concept, the developer is creating a landscaped courtyard adjacent to the condo building, and installing a green roof on the parking garage were residents can relax and socialize, Holt said. The developer expects to break ground in April, and anticipates delivering the units before the end of the year. The residences are priced from the $190s to the $360s, which includes a parking space. A sales office is located at 618 W Fulton St.

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