Sustainable Seattle Project Shows Off Green Design

Sustainable design doesn’t have to be expensive.

A new, 60-unit, 50,000-square-foot mixed-used residential building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Cove is designed to a LEED Platinum standard and incorporates features that translate to a 30% energy savings. While there may be a perception that a green building will cost developers much more than a traditional one, developer James Wong, co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based Vibrant Cities, disagrees.

Here, Wong and Michelle Kinsch, associate principal of Seattle architecture firm Tiscareno Associates, discuss how this green project came to life without breaking the bank.

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