Green condos and rental buildings are finally becoming common and people are beginning to pay a premium to live in them, both for the energy savings but most importantly, the air quality. New York Magazine looked at the recent crop and with help from experts including GreenHomeNYC, rated them on a "Green-o-Meter that runs from Dick Cheney to Laurie David"- a useful tool that we will blatantly steal.
Top of the crop goes to the Cesar Pelli designed Visionaire, which uses 35% less energy than conventional buildings, has integrated solar panels, filtered air and gray water recycling. New York says It's the only residential building in the U.S. to achieve the LEED platinum rating. That requires "a lot of things that aren't [even] cost-effective," See them all at ::New York Magazine