311 E11: Village Green, designed by Michael and Izak Namer of New York City in order to define environmentally responsible 21st century living is currently under construction in the East Village, and targeting LEED Gold certification.
Plans for this project were designed many years ago but developer Michael Namer resurrected them insisting on converting all of the building specifications and systems to use renewable and green technology and was able to accomplish this for 20-30% less than it would have cost to build from the original plans. As a result, 311 E11: Village Green is one of only two condominium sites in the East Village that is moving ahead at this time designed with sustainable approaches to energy efficiency.
The Namers are supporting wind power to generate sustainable and renewable electricity and are installing water-conserving fixtures throughout. A green roof will be installed to provide natural insulation and to reduce the “heat island effect,” and special drains will recover rainwater to reduce potable water required to irrigate gardens in the building. 311 E11: Village Green will also include low emissions paints, sealants, coolants, and coating as well as recycling center in the kitchens, lighting controls and biothermal air conditioning and heating for the lobby and wellness center. The building’s homes range from approximately 730 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft all designed with various fresh air options to appeal to an environmentally-conscious consumer.
Construction on 311 E11: Village Green began in May 2008 and occupancy is slated for early 2010.