So what makes a building green?

This week, abc7NY news did an interview with our friend and Hoboken Real Estate Developer, Larry Bijou. Larry specializes in developing environmentally sustainable buildings, such as Edge Lofts and Park & Garden. Bijou properties has tackled complex renovations of centuries old buildings on up to built-from-the-ground-up “green” high rises.

“As a developer, I could have knocked that building down, it’s an old heritage building for Hoboken, built in the late 1800’s, but I just kind of feel like buildings like that should be saved,” Bijou said.

So what makes a building green? The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum — that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. The LEED green building rating system is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being. If you’re interested in living in one of Bijou’s buildings, contact our office for more information on availability 201-420-7393