Monday, August 23, 2010

The Green Gatsby

This past weekend I made the move from Arizona to Los Angeles, California; I live in Hollywood which is somewhere I never imagined living. After I was settled in, I took the weekend to explore my area; I located my bank, mall, grocery store, and gym all within walking distance which is great! On my way home from errands today, I made a lovely discovery- The Gatsby Hollywood!

Built on the site of the famous Orchard Gables Cottage, The Gatsby is going to be an eco-friendly living community. The original building dates back to 1904 and housed U.S. Senator Cornelius Cole. The Orchard Gables Cottage will be renovated in order to serve as a arts and education community center for Hollywood. The Gatsby focuses on four major areas of environmental living: energy efficiency, interior quality, water efficiency, and carbon footprint and green house gases

Energy Efficiency
  • Solar panels convert sun energy to electricity for entire community
  • Thermal engineering to regulate heating and cooling
  • Roof barriers for insulation from outside weather
  • Energy Star approved HVAC systems
Interior Quality
  • Air purifying HEPA filters to remove allergens, pollutants, etc
  • Low or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) materials used for paints, finishes, sealants, and adhesives
Water Efficiency
  • Low-flush toilets
  • Optional Energy Start washers available
  • Drip irrigated landscape 
  • Water run-off retention
Carbon Footprint Green House Gases
  • 50% of construction waste is recycled
  • Lumber harvested from sustained forests

    In addition to its sustainable building techniques, The Gatsby is in a prime location. A short walk to Hollywood Boulevard, ArcLight Cinemas, Sunset+Vine. Also nearby is are the Hollwood Bowl, Ford Theatre, Hotel Roosevelt, and Highland/Hollywood shopping center. An added feature is quick access to public transportation for commutes to other areas of Los Angeles. 

    Please visit The Gatsby Hollywood for more photos, floor plans, and more environmental information. 

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