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<p>With so many people latching on to the green trend, it’s no surprise that plenty of new buildings use the “green” descriptor — “green glossing” as eco-purists call it — as a marketing ploy. Susan Singer, an eco-broker certified by the Association of Energy and Environmental Real Estate Professionals, shows us the buildings she recommends to clients looking to reside more responsibly. Just touting the use of recycled materials simply doesn’t qualify, says Singer. Rather, green buildings are sustainable structures designed, built, renovated and operated with a resource-efficient approach and certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.</p>

With so many people latching on to the green trend, it’s no surprise that plenty of new buildings use the “green” descriptor — “green glossing” as eco-purists call it — as a marketing ploy. Susan Singer, an eco-broker certified by the Association of Energy and Environmental Real Estate Professionals, shows us the buildings she recommends to clients looking to reside more responsibly. Just touting the use of recycled materials simply doesn’t qualify, says Singer. Rather, green buildings are sustainable structures designed, built, renovated and operated with a resource-efficient approach and certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.



The Village Green, 311 E. 11th St.:


The eight-story residential condo was once a parking garage and is now an environmentally fit lair with double-insulated windows, water conserving fixtures and appliances, and a lobby that is heated and cooled with geothermal energy. Only two units remain, says Singer — a penthouse and a garden duplex, both priced just under $2 million.



Riverhouse, 4 World Financial Center:

The coveted waterfront condominium features twice filtered air, filtered water and nontoxic building materials. The triple-paned windows are pricy showstoppers that keep energy in rather than suck it all up. And Leonardo Dicaprio lives there.



The Octagon, 888 Main St.:

The Roosevelt Island rental uses 35 percent less energy than comparable new buildings, and half of that of an old building. Elevators are run on energy from solar panels.



Greenbelt, 361 Manhattan Ave.:


The eight-unit condo in Williamsburg also houses a dance and performance space. It’s sold out, but the lucky residents’ homes feature a high-efficiency air conditioning system and electricity provided by wind power produced upstate.


– Shira Levine is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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