Greenbridge, the latest super-green mixed-use residential project by William McDonough of Cradle to Cradle fame broke ground on Monday in all its sustainable glory. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the development will offer 98 condos and retail establishments, green roofs, solar panels, rainwater runoff systems, and even a a community learning center to teach sustainable living practices.

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Inspired by McDonough and Braungart’s Cradle to Cradle book, the development will exemplify priorities like waste-to-resource transformation, materiality, and a holistic lifecycle approach to design.

The Greenbridge development consists of 98 residences, a retail area and an underground parking complex, and it’ll wear its sustainability credentials right on its sleeve. Planted roofs, photovoltaic and solar-thermal panels, optimal natural light exposure, fresh air to all units, rainwater runoff catchments, sustainable building materials, bicycle friendly access and construction recycling. It’s all part of a mission statement which puts a focus on environmental sensitivity, social equity and economic vitality.

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