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Graham Street Lofts, Portland, Ore.

  • Car Smart

    Car Smart

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    Car Smart

    Photos courtesy of Mackenzie Architecture

    Located on a transit street, the lofts are a short walk to light rail, giving residents an alternative to driving. The parking lot is outfitted with recharging outlets for electric cars.

  • Clean Air Policy

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    Clean Air Policy

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    Units ranging from 1,054 square feet to 1,927 square feet feature 9-foot ceilings, stained concrete floors, basalt countertops, stainless steel appliances and fiberglass windows and doors. No off-gassing here.

  • What's in Storage

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    What's in Storage

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    Cabinets made up of plywood boxes, solid maple drawers, and lyptus veneer faces include no particle board or melamine.

  • Thick Skin

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    Thick Skin

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    Built using PerformWall insulated concrete forms (ICF), the structure's breathable shell has an R-30 insulation factor.

  • Rain Proof

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    Rain Proof

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    Ten-inch-thick walls made of recycled polystyrene and cement are mold, mildew and rot resistant ' an important consideration in the soggy Pacific Northwest. They are also seismically sound and offer a four hour fire rating.

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    Photos courtesy of Mackenzie Architecture

    Hydronic radiant floor heating and tankless water heaters, combined with the building's tight shell, translate into energy savings. Penthouse buyers have the extra perk of rooftop solar hot water.

  • Breeze Easy

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    Breeze Easy

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    Each unit enjoys access to two outdoor spaces with different exposures. This design promotes natural cross-ventilation and reduces the need for air conditioning. Loft prices range from $324,000 to $625,000.

  • Water Ways

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    Water Ways

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    An on-site stormwater management system includes underground dry wells to capture roof runoff, as well as bioswales along the property's south edge to filter runoff from the parking lot.

  • Built to Last

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    Built to Last

    Photos courtesy of Mackenzie Architecture

    The building's stucco shell and metal overhangs are super low maintenance. And did we mention there's ground floor commercial space? It's a nice little package all around.

Architect/developer Hilary Mackenzie went with a bright tangerine facade for this 12-unit mixed-use project as an antidote to the area’s frequently cloudy skies and hardscape of gray pavement.  But inside (and underneath it all) this handsome little infill building is super green.  Check out some of its sustainable features in pictures.

Project: Graham Street Lofts

Architect/Developer: Mackenzie Architecture

Builder: Bella Green Construction

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Portland, OR.