High-Performance, Energy-Efficient, Green
A Strong Business Case for Sustainability
In 2005, Navarro Lowrey launched its Green Initiative and Navarro Lowrey EcoPlex® Project brand, dedicated to constructing high-performance, energy-efficient, "green" office buildings and residences that provide healthier indoor environments while significantly reducing a building's negative impact on the environment.
The Navarro Lowrey, Inc. flagship property is EcoPlex® at Centrepark West, a four-story, 100,000-square-foot Class "A", high performance, "green" office building with adjacent garage located minutes from Palm Beach International Airport and I-95 at Centrepark West in West Palm Beach. It is among the first multi-tenanted "green" office buildings of its kind in Palm Beach County and one of the largest to adopt sustainable building practices in Florida. The project was awarded a LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the first in West Palm Beach and only the second speculative office building in South Florida to achieve this distinction.
The Company has completed development of 306 Legacy Trail, the first Navarro Lowrey EcoPlex® Residence and the first to achieve LEED® Gold certification in the Vail Valley. Additionally, Navarro Lowrey obtained LEED® Certification for Existing Buildings for Brookside Park, a former Class "A" office building located along the Eagle River in Avon, Colorado which was consequently converted to 16 luxury residential lofts. The Company is in the preliminary stages of development for 1500 and 1885 Centrepark, also Navarro Lowrey EcoPlex® Projects and expected to achieve a minimum of LEED® Gold certification under the LEED® Core and Shell program.
Navarro Lowrey EcoPlex® Projects reward users with a healthier workplace, maximum energy efficiency, minimal environmental impact, significant cost savings and increased productivity.
EcoPlex® projects have incorporated the following sustainable strategies and practices:
- Resource-efficient building and landscaping systems that deliver significant economic savings from reduced water and electrical use, all constructed utilizing sustainable building practices to limit the project's impact on the environment.
- A Tate integrated air and raised floor system accommodates all tenant utilities and wiring, including HVAC, electrical, data and phone systems underfloor allowing the use of the Haworth demountable drywall partition system to maximize the flexibility of the workspace. The ability to deliver cooled air through the floor provides tenants with greater personal temperature control and better indoor air quality, produced in a more energy efficient manner. In addition, and in combination with the Tate floor system, the Haworth demountable dry wall partition system provides companies with a rich, high quality interior with the flexibility to change their floor plan during the lease term. Together, these systems allow tenants to move walls with ease and drastically reduce "churn," the wasted materials and resources required to retrofit a space for new tenant use.
- The "Fundamental Building Commissioning" process to verify that all HVAC, lighting and hot water systems have been properly installed and are operating as intended, improving system productivity and decreasing operating expenses.
- The Company has adopted several sustainable building practices including the use of recycled materials in up to 40% of the project and the elimination of toxic substances and adhesives in construction components. In addition, 85% of the construction remnants were recycled and diverted from the landfill during the construction of EcoPlex.
- Carefully integrated and innovative green water features have been employed that save over two million gallons of water per year. This includes a "Natural Water Filtration System" composed of a combination of native coral rock and plant species which improves the water quality of an adjacent retention pond. The Natural Water Filtration System provides clean, recycled water to assist in creating air conditioning for the building and irrigation for the project's lush landscaping. In addition, cisterns store rainwater for later use to flush toilets and urinals.