Green buildings in New York City have become some of the hottest properties in town, as more and more people seeking NYC rental apartments are adding "environmentally conscious" and "sustainable" to their wish list. But what qualifies a residence to list itself as a green building in New York? Here at Urban Edge no-fee rental apartments, you'll find dozens of listings below for residences of all sizes, for all budgets, in all parts of town, in buildings whose owners or management companies have stated they have complied with one or more of the following conditions generally seen as defining a green building in NYC: LEED Certified Silver, LEED Certification Pending, Energy Star Appliances, LEED Certified Gold, Recycling Bins, LEED Certified Platinum.


The most coveted designation by green buildings in New York is for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or, LEED, certification, in one of four tiers of "greenness", from basic LEED certification to LEED Certified Platinum. Created by the United States Green Building Council in 1998, LEED provides energy- and environmentally-conscious guidelines that can be implemented by owners and verified by third parties so that consumers have a consistent set of ratings as a starting point in their search for a green building in New York.


LEED certification is granted to buildings designed, constructed and maintained in an environmentally responsible manner. Some of the considerations that go into making a green building in NYC, and therefore reducing its impact upon the environment, include the efficient use of energy, water, and other resources; waste reduction; the use of sustainable, recycled, and/or local construction materials; and the emphasis on the health and well-being of the building's occupants.


Green buildings in NYC tend to be contemporary structures, for obvious reasons, though many older buildings, and even some iconic pre-war residences, have taken the modern emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmentally-conscious maintenance to heart, and have implemented many of the LEED guidelines. And simply living in New York City itself, green building or no, is considerably more green than making a home in most parts of the country, or the world.


New Yorkers take up less living space than our counterparts in most of the rest of America (and, therefore, have less space to heat and cool and fill with consumer goods); we live closer to our work and our schools and our food and entertainments; and we drive much, much less than anyone else in the country, thanks to our amazing (admittedly, at times frustrating) subway system, and our penchant for actually walking to where we want to go, not only because it makes sense in terms of speed and cost, but also because there us always so much to see and hear and stop in and look at on the way from Point A to Point B.

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