As more and more jurisdictions adopt stricter energy codes, the push is on for even deeper efficiency, with growing calls for zero net energy (ZNE) structures. For example, California will require zero net energy design for new homes by 2020 and new commercial projects by 2030.
Can you design a building to reflect community values? How do you translate a mission focused on energy efficiency and waste reduction into a physical structure? How can you connect building tenants with their neighbors?
"Westend offers the best of both worlds. Garden-style living and grounds you expect to see in the suburbs, but with the walkability, accessibility, and views that downtown Denver brings," says developer.
Mid-rise podium construction—up to four stories of wood framing on top of a concrete first story—has been widely used throughout North America for many years in order to build a more economical superstructure atop a traditional commercial construction type.