// sustainable practices //
The importance of sustainable building practices is more prevalent than ever. Says Tweedie, “Since I arrived in Colorado in 2009, sustainability has been ramping up exponentially. A new generation of Colorado residents love the outdoors and respect the environment, and the government itself has been advocating for a lot of these positive environmental changes.
“The challenge from a residential standpoint is that it is hard to justify sustainable practices with the inflation of building materials, but we have to move in a direction to just be better. Government initiatives for sustainable building practices are allowing people to realize the small changes we can make for a more positive future.”
Space is another defining factor of new trends in Colorado. Size, whether an expansive mountain home or a community of condos, directly relates to energy consumption. Larger homes may consume more energy, but mid-size homes or apartment buildings built prior to the movement towards environmentally friendly practices may also be less efficient.
S*Park, or Sustainability Park, is a multifamily “Agrihood” community project that scales sustainable practices across a whopping 91 contemporary residences. From studios to three-bedroom homes, each space utilizes solar energy, LED lighting and access to commercial spaces that share the same green ideologies such as Altius greenhouse, Lacuna Yoga and Third Culture bakery. As more outdoor-loving residents flock to Denver and Boulder, architects continue to consider enhancing green lifestyles with community garden spaces, clean energy consumption and outdoor connectivity with patios and rooftop decks.