Living Green and Saving Green

At 17 Chapel Boutique Condominiums, you can enjoy the luxury condo lifestyle while being a responsible steward of our planet – and save on your home ownership costs.

Renewed, recycled location

First and foremost, 17 Chapel is an adaptive reuse project. Our building was built as a car dealership in 1928 and has been underutilized since at least the 1960s (see history page). Turning this older building into new luxury condos is like recycling a property.

According to Wikipedia, “Adaptive reuse, along with brownfield reclamation, is seen by many as a key factor in land conservation and reducing the amount of sprawl. For those who prescribe to the smart growth concept, it is more efficient and environmentally responsible to redevelop older buildings closer to urban cores than it is to build new construction on faraway greenfield sites.”

17 Chapel will surely usher in additional adaptive reuse in Downtown Albany, which will enhance the neighborhood and add further resident-friendly amenities.

Reduce your carbon footprint

Walking distance from first-rate entertainment venues, nightlife spots, and beautiful outdoor parks and bike trails, 17 Chapel gives its condo residents direct access to an active lifestyle and the best of everything in Albany. Whatever your interests – music, theater, arts or the environment – you’ll be steps away. And, many of our future residents expect to walk to work.

Environmentally responsible finishes

As a vertical structure, 17 Chapel inherently uses less resources than a similar number of single-family residences. Utility costs for the Capitol model (2 Bedrooms, 1590 square foot) are projected by our engineering firm to $183 per month, a significant decrease for those used to the costs of heating and cooling a detached house. Inherently, since ceilings and walls abut other occupied spaces, the costs and utility footpring will be lower in the long run.

Flooring. Each luxury condominium’s living areas will feature stunning, eco-friendly wide-plank flooring in either standard Shaw Luminere™ laminate or Epic™ Engineered Wood, each offering EnviroCore, a high-density-fiber(HDF) core derived from recycled wood fiber, which means fewer trees are used with less waste. In addition, 100% of the post-industrial laminate manufacturing waste from the company’s manufacturing facility is diverted from the landfill and used as fuel, mainly for Shaw’s Waste-to-Energy facility. Our standard laminate flooring is an inherently good environmental choice in floor covering while making your condo look beautiful. Engineered to last, laminate offers a long life span (25 year manufacturer’s warranty) that minimizes replacement. And while it simulates the upscale look of a natural product like an exotic hardwood, the actual material isn’t used and the natural resource preserved. The optional 3/8″ Engineered Wood uses 50% less newly harvested wood than conventional 3/8″ thick engineered wood flooring and Epic premium veneers come from managed forests.

An available option for the bedrooms is Shaw’s TripleTouch under-carpet pad. Made with natural oils, it reduces dependency on petroleum-based products and its backing is made with recycled content.

Appliances. Included with your new luxury condo at 17 Chapel are Frigidaire Gallery EnergyStar rated, stainless steel kitchen appliances and high efficiency laundry appliances. Appliances account for nearly 20 percent of the average household’s energy use. EnergyStar clothes washers use 40 to 50 percent less energy and about 55 percent less water than standard washers and refrigerators use up to 40 percent less energy than the conventional models sold in 2001.

Plumbing fixtures. We have partnered with Kohler to provide beautiful, high-quality plumbing fixtures for the condos at 17 Chapel. Standard WaterSense faucets and optional WaterSense toilets allow you to partner in saving energy and the environment. According to EPA, if one out of every 100 American homes retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, we could save about 100 million kWh of electricity per year—avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for one year! Depleting reservoirs and groundwater can put water supplies, human health, and the environment at serious risk. Lower water levels can contribute to higher concentrations of natural or human pollutants. Using water more efficiently helps maintain supplies at safe levels, protecting human health and the environment.

Lighting. The lighting in the garage and hallways of 17 Chapel will be motion-activated to minimize unoccupied energy use. Step inside your condo for the evening and the hallway lights will dim to reduce energy consumption. Step out your door and the lights return to full brightness. Energy-efficient LED under-cabinet lighting is available for your kitchen, and other lighting inside your condo may be lamped with compact fluorescent or LED lighting as well. Optional EnergyStar rated ceiling fans are available so you may reduce reliance on heat and air conditioning.

Paint. Standard low voc paint reduces odor and potential toxins in your new home. An available upgrade will be Benjamin Moore Aura™ Waterborne paint which provides extraordinary performance and is a Greenguard certified product.

General Architecture. The condominiums will be constructed and equipped with energy efficient sustainable technology, resulting in a more healthful environment and lower utility costs. Oversized operable windows and sliding doors with energy efficient Low-E glass allow natural light to radiate throughout the individual homes. Our virtual tour helps show the quality and quantity of windows. Solid core interior doors by Masonite use renewable materials to create their sound attenuation.

When you choose environmentally friendly living, you opt for less impact on our planet as well as increased savings in utilities and enhanced surroundings. Residents are able to contribute effortlessly to the growing green movement simply by choosing to purchase a condo at 17 Chapel.

Add these environmental and energy-saving benefits to the incredible tax savings on our condos and it’s clear that 17 Chapel is an affordable indulgence.

For more information

Visit our on-site Sales Center so you can see these finishes in person, review the environmental benefits and better understand how 17 Chapel Boutique Condominiums in Downtown Albany can fit your lifestyle.