Still reeling over the extravagant details (A staff of 600! Three heliports! A 150 garage!) of Mukesh Ambani’s billion dollar, 27-floor “green” skyscraper/palace in Mumbai? Well, here’s another opulent, eco-friendly property (this one has LEED credentials to prove it) that’s decidedly a lot more toned down but still not geared towards folks who don't normally use the word “luxurious” to describe their homes.
The home in question is a $6.8 million townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side that at only 5,000 square feet spread across six floors is miniscule compared to Ambani’s project. Most notably, the home is the first and only LEED Gold certified townhouse in Manhattan. The East 82nd Street home, originally on the market for $8.3 million, was built in 2 ½ years using locally sourced construction materials with much of the demolition waste from the site's original structure being recycled.
Green features that helped the townhouse achieve LEED Gold status include EnergyStar appliances, a rooftop garden, radiant floor heating, a rainwater harvesting system, and a thermal envelope that allows for superior indoor air quality. The townhouse is 30 to 40 percent more energy efficient than comparable townhouses but I’m thinking that the eventual owners won’t be entirely too concerned about trimming money off of their monthly utility bills. Non-green features of this high-end urban infill project include five bedrooms, five bathrooms, three fireplaces, an elevator, a wine cellar, two laundry rooms, and ample outdoor space.
The goal of the project was to not only build a sustainable home, but to build an aesthetically pleasing one that attracts luxury Manhattan families. I didn't want to build this green, left wing home that less people want to buy.