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A Green Approach

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Architect Robert Swatt, designer of the GreenCity Lofts condo complex on the border of Oakland and Emeryville, California, makes no claim to longstanding environmental expertise.

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  GreenCity Lofts exceeds California Title 24 energy requirements by 15 percent.  Photo by: Cesar Rubio
    GreenCity Lofts exceeds California Title 24 energy requirements by 15 percent.

    Photo by: Cesar Rubio

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  “We don’t punch holes in walls to create little windows,” he explains. “In most cases, we’ll take as much of a wall as possible and make it glass.”  Photo by: Cesar Rubio
    “We don’t punch holes in walls to create little windows,” he explains. “In most cases, we’ll take as much of a wall as possible and make it glass.”

    Photo by: Cesar Rubio

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  The interiors fit in with Swatt’s interest in simplicity.  Photo by: Cesar Rubio
    The interiors fit in with Swatt’s interest in simplicity.

    Photo by: Cesar Rubio

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  Swatt’s decision to create five separate buildings with open-air corridors incorporates a concern for cooling through cross-ventilation.  Photo by: Cesar Rubio
    Swatt’s decision to create five separate buildings with open-air corridors incorporates a concern for cooling through cross-ventilation.

    Photo by: Cesar Rubio

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