Looking like it sprung from the pages of
, the Garden Lofts planned for Detroit's East Grand Boulevard employs striking design aesthetics and green building principles.
Excerpt:The Grand Boulevard Garden Lofts will take a more modern approach
than many other Detroit loft developments. They will be modularly
constructed, with each panel built in a controlled environment and
insulated to double that of typical new residential construction.
"green" element is the collection of rain water run-off in a cistern
that will be used to flush toilets and provide landscape irrigation.
Furthermore, the roofing material is a membrane that is impervious to
water and air filtration which will help direct run-off to the cistern
located between the two buildings. [Architect Keith] Phillips says that these
environmentally-conscious elements will result in a slightly higher
initial cost, but they should end up saving the purchasers money in the
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