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.


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.

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