Cromley Lofts: First LEED-Certified Condos In Virginia
Cromley Lofts are the first LEED-certified condos in Virginia. The three-story condos were part of a "adaptive reuse project" that received a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2007. The original building has a long history, beginning in 1910 when it served as a warehouse for Alexandria’s railroad business. It was renovated in 2004, and numerous green features were incorporated into the building.
The building’s old tar and gravel roof was also replaced with a beautifully-landscaped green roof, reducing the heating and cooling needs of the building. The landscaping will provide at least 30% greenspace in 5 years, giving passive cooling to the building. The design team also doubled the insulation R-values and installed double-paned Argon-filled windows and doors in order to reduce energy consumption. Natural cork flooring was installed in each unit, and each kitchen includes custom-designed bamboo cabinets. The Lofts are located within a half mile of the Metro, a quarter mile of bus stops, and include interior storage space for bicycles.
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