Courtesy photo / Pearl Place, a 60-unit affordable housing development at the corner of Oxford and Pearl streets in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood.
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Submitted by Tom Bell on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 12:20
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Pearl Place, a 60-unit affordable housing development at the corner of Oxford and Pearl streets in Portland's Bayside neighborhood, has received two national awards for its green design.
The U.S. Green Building Council has given the building a "gold certification," one the highest standards for energy-saving building design. The building is the first multi-story residential development in the nation to have received such recognition.
In addition, the building council at a recent conference in Boston gave the project a "Special Commendation for an Outstanding Multifamily Residential Project."
Winton Scott, who was the project architect, said he is not aware of any other affordable hoousing development in the country to have received the award.
The super-insulated five-story building was built using sustainably harvested wood construction. It also features a high-performance gas-fired heating system, rooftop air-to-air heat exchangers, and high-efficiency windows.
Compared with traditional design and construction, the buidling is expected to use 30 percent less energy, reducing carbon emissions by more than 50 percent. The construction budget for the building was $112 per square foot, which was less than typical construction costs and also well within the guideliness of the Maine State Housing Authority, which financed the project, Scott said.
Besides Scott, the other Portlanld-based members of the development team included Avesta Housing, Fore Solutions, Carroll Associates, Becker Structural Engineers Inc., and Ledgewood Construction.