Preview: The Solidago, DC’s First LEED Platinum Condo Development?

by Mark Wellborn

The Solidago

In the world of green building, LEED Platinum is a fairly difficult label to achieve, but UrbanTurf has learned that a new three-unit condo development in Petworth may be on the verge of getting the highest green building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and being the first LEED Platinum condo project in the city.

Kitchen in unit at The Solidago

The Solidago is a row house at 4114 New Hampshire Avenue NW that has been a project years in the making from developer Tanya Topolewski of True Turtle. Converted into three two-bedroom units that will officially go on the market this Wednesday, there are a number of elements that were incorporated when building the project to position it for LEED Platinum certification. There are a variety of energy-efficient aspects to the home, too many to name in fact, so we will note a few: spray foam insulation, high-efficiency heating and cooling, original or repurposed doors and floors, and a site design that makes for efficient storm water management.

Living Room at The Solidago

“The project has gone through a battery of tests and inspections,” Brandon Green, who is representing The Solidago, said of the development. “We will get word in a couple of months if it has been approved as LEED Platinum.”

There is no exact definition of what makes a home LEED Platinum, but it is based on a point system outlined below.

Courtesy of U.S. Green Building Council

Pricing has yet to be finalized, but the units will start in the $300,000s. There will be an open house this Sunday from 1 to 4pm for the general public. Below is additional information about the project, and we will provide more details as they become available.

The Solidago

  • Address: 4114 New Hampshire Avenue NW (map)
  • Prices: Expected to start around $300,000, but prices have not been finalized.
  • Developer: Tanya Topolewski
  • Website and Sales Info: The Solidago

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/preview_the_solidago_dcs_first_leed_platinum_condo_development/2962


  1. jag said at 11:58 pm on Monday February 7, 2011:

    Very cool. I’m one of many that’d be happy to pay a little more for environmental and economical efficiency.

  1. Ellory said at 9:25 am on Tuesday February 8, 2011:

    completely agree with jag. very cool.

  1. former Georgetowner said at 12:05 am on Thursday February 10, 2011:

    very cool building, but I would never pay that much for a 2 bedroom condo in Petworth.

  1. SL said at 11:42 am on Thursday February 10, 2011:

    I’m very excited to see these condos…I live around the corner from them. The location is great (although I’d rather not be directly on NH Ave) - super close to the metro, farmer’s market, Yes Organic, etc.

    As for the price of the 2BR condos - a similar condo in Adams Morgan or Dupont Circle would likely cost $150,000 to $200,000 more. So you do save a lot for the location. By comparison, a fully renovated house in Petworth would cost upwards of $500K. So the price point makes sense to me. Petworth tends to be a house neighbhorhood and not a condo neighborhood, so there aren’t very many comps for units like this.

  1. Brandon Green said at 6:11 pm on Thursday February 10, 2011:

    If you’d like to see these great green condos for yourself.  Stop by our OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, 2/13 from 1-4!  We’d be happy to teach you some more about all of the green features!

  1. Jlo said at 11:04 am on Friday February 18, 2011:

    Two of the three condos are already under contract!

  1. Clive said at 6:49 pm on Tuesday December 25, 2012:

    Congratulations on the LEED certification. For most readers LEED may not be the right goal to aim for, especially if you are trying to become more sustainable. Focusing on improving your homes efficiency through making the envelop more airtight, reducing energy consumption, installing solar power panels and geothermal heating systems would achieve a lot more good for the environment at a lot lower cost.

    For more choices and information to help you arrive at the right choice visit, http:www.livegreen.cc

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