Case Study: A Good Neighbor in Minneapolis

Developer Village Green struck a deal with the city of Minneapolis, adjacent condominium owners, local lenders, and private partners to redevelop an unsightly vacant lot into Mill District City Apartments.

Windows Throughout the building, Traco windows feature a SHGC average of 0.311 and a U-value of 0.35 or better to trap heat during cold Minnesota winters and keep it out in the summer. 800.837.7002. Glidden low-VOC paints and Shaw Green Label Plus carpet and wood-look laminate flooring were chosen with indoor air quality in mind. Glidden: 800.454.3336. Shaw: 800.441.7429.

Kitchens Flat-panel cabinetry with stainless steel hardware, movable granite islands, built-in wine racks, and track lighting add a fresh and modern style to the kitchens. Whirlpool Energy Star appliances include stainless steel dishwashers and refrigerators. To keep water use low, the aerators in the 2.2-gpm Kohler Coralis faucets were swapped with 1.5-gpm models. Whirlpool: 866.698.2538. Kohler: 800.456.4537.

Lobby The 30-foot-long living wall leading to the two-story lobby provides natural air filtration, cooling properties, and a year-round indoor/outdoor connection. The Versa wall from Gsky features a trickle-down watering system that can be installed using a hidden water tank and pump, and plants can be easily maintained and replaced for seasonal updates, the firm says. 888.708.4759.

Bathrooms Kohler 1.28-gpf WaterSense-certified toilets and 1.5-gpm faucets in a variety of models help to conserve water in the building’s 207 bathrooms, while hot-water recirculating lines wrapped with Johns Manville Micro-Lok insulation minimize the amount of water wasted while waiting for hot water to be delivered. Panasonic Energy Star–labeled fans deter moisture in the bathroom and use 70% less energy than standard models. Kohler: 800.456.4537. Johns Manville: 800.654.3103. Panasonic: 866.292.7292.

Building Envelope/Energy Usage The project’s insulation package includes blown-in Fibertek fiberglass insulation with a Dupont Tyvek weather barrier that was added at the builder’s panelization factory. A Honeywell programmable thermostat in each unit helps residents control heating and cooling costs, for which they are responsible. Fibertek: 877.682.4448. Dupont Tyvek: 800.448.9835. Honeywell: 877.271.8620.

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