Located in Northern Texas, Broadstone Centreport is an eco-friendly apartment community built to Green Built North Texas’s energy-efficient standards, a regional set of green building guidelines. Broadstone has the convenience of apartment living combined with single family home features and spacious interiors. There are some single family homes in the area as well as multifamily homes to create diversity in the environment as well as to promote more density to the area. Broadstone Centreport boasts great design, the latest high tech conveniences and abundant community amenities.
In terms of energy use and conservation, windows are ENERGY STAR rated. They are functional, but also have special treatments to keep temperatures regulated. Each unit has energy-use monitoring that has been enhanced. Energy costs are paid by individual tenants to encourage conservation as paying for one’s own use of the utilities encourages him/her to be more aware of their consumption patterns. Passive solar design is used for day lighting with strategically placed windows, clerestories and more. The gas furnaces are also at least 90% efficient. Electric heating is high-efficiency as well. Each single family home comes with a programmable thermostat and multifamily housing offer user-controlled thermostats for each unit. All appliances meet or exceed ENERGY STAR standards. Energy efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs are also in place.
When it comes to water use, there have been many measures taken to ensure the best use of the water supply. Aerators and low-flow units are in each apartment for the showers, sinks and toilets. An eco-roof is also used so that any rain that falls upon it is captured and put to use. Rainwater and recycled water is used for non-food/drink-related purposes so that culinary water doesn’t have to be used. To heat the water, high-efficiency heaters are used which are turned down to 120 degrees and have fully insulated systems so no heat is wasted.
Building materials were chosen with as much care as the rest of the features of the home. No-VOC interior paint was used on the ceilings and walls. Natural flooring such as marmoleum, the old fashinoned linoleum that is made out of sustainable materials, was used on the floors. Natural wood interior or exterior was used for any wood paneling. For any treated wood used within the building, it was carefully selected so that it does not contain chromium or arsenic, making it absolutely safe. Salvaged reusable building materials were also used during construction to reduce the waste for the entire project. You’ll also be impressed to know that greater than 50% of the excess construction materials were recycled rather than thrown away.
Even the community’s placement was approached strategically, situated near a wildlife area with care so that any wildlife was left undisturbed. It helps the tenants to have more respect for nature. The community has even gone one step further and distributed manuals for tenants and managers so that efforts can be kept green during occupancy. EnviroCitizen.org is impressed with communities such as Broadstone Centreport, which take green initiatives even when it comes to the smallest details
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