High-Rise Living Gets A Green, Upscale Makeover in Maryland

If you live in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area and are looking for a new place to call home, you now have a sleek, green, upscale option, as The Tower Companies have unveiled the first Ecopads at The Blairs, their 27-acre live-work-play residential complex, which advertises  “sustainable and guilt-free living”  in the form of “unusually large studio[s], one, two and three bedroom apartments just steps from the Metro and a plethora of upscale dining and entertainment options.”

Just how eco is this place? The company states, in a release, that their new apartments feature 35% recycled Silestone counter tops, Energy Star GE Clean Steel appliances and gas ranges, formaldehyde-free European-style Eco Cabinets and built-in recycling centers, as well paints and carpets lacking in those pesky Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), flooring manufactured with ultra-high recycled content, and no solvent-based stains and coatings in carpets, cabinets or counter tops. Ecopads also feature Kohler WaterSense Fixtures and “Budget and Monitor” Smart Meters for energy management and control.

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image via The Blairs

The Blairs claim that their high-rise buildings are carbon neutral, 100% wind-powered, and feature close proximity to public transportation, as well as a Zipcar on site. But if you move in here, it sounds as if you may not have many reasons to leave, as these high-rise apartment buildings feature an Olympic-size pool and kiddie pool, two fully furnished hospitality suites, two fenced dog parks (pets of any size are welcome here), regular community events, three 24-hour fitness centers, and (wait for it) a shopping center. Models are available for viewing, with a select apartments available for immediate occupancy.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.