World's Greenest Building Seeks "Green" 21st Century Pioneers

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Highest performing, most comprehensive Smart Grid building ever conceived rises in small Oregon town. Rendering available via e-mail.

Independence Station street view

Thomas Edison meets Bill Gates

Independence, OR - Independence Station, the Oregon development slated to become the World's Greenest Building when it opens in 2010, is now accepting priority pre-reservations for the 15 condominium-style homes included in the mixed-use development. Living in a building with the highest LEED rating ever awarded, these 21st Century Oregon Trail Pioneers have the potential to make history by setting new international benchmarks for full lifestyle energy and water efficiency.

The one- and two-bedroom condominiums in Independence Station range in size from 600 to 1,660 square feet and in price from the $300,000s into the $600,000s. As part of the World's Greenest Building, homeowners will enjoy many environment-saving benefits throughout the building such as radiant floor heating and cooling, displacement ventilation, solar water heating, day lighting design, an ice-based cooling storage system, water-based ground source heat pump, extensive use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and electric cars, just to name a few. During sunny months, their homes will rely primarily on solar energy collected in a unique 120-kilowatt installation of photovoltaic panels. In cooler, cloudier months, energy will additionally be generated, stored and managed through a biofuel cogeneration and thermal storage system. The system's backups? A retired tugboat engine affectionately named Mabel, which runs on waste vegetable oil from local restaurants and a massive battery bank.

"The people who will live at Independence Station will be pioneers like those who braved the Oregon Trail and founded our town," said Steven Ribeiro, of Aldeia, LLC, and the driving force behind the development. "These pioneers, however, will be embarking on a quest to demonstrate to the world how responsible energy consumption can look. Our goal is to provide a platform for a very comfortable and elevated lifestyle while consuming just 17% of the energy and a fraction of the water that the average American consumes today. We want to document and demonstrate that National Energy Security is possible today with off-the-shelf components and common sense application of simple, junior high school level physics." Ribeiro says that this is a "Thomas Edison meets Bill Gates" project.

While enjoying all the comforts of a modern "Smart Grid home," the 15 homeowners within Independence Station must become the subjects of published open source data on energy and water usage. Because of the building's design, Ribeiro expects the homeowners to easily shatter current energy and water consumption records while inspiring more of this type of development worldwide. Independence Station will also be a marketing showcase for manufacturers of authentic green products and green technologies. Bus tours to the building and classes in an adjacent venue during construction are being planned as early as this summer. Ribeiro claims that Independence Station will be the highest performing, most comprehensive Smart Grid project ever built, anywhere in the world.

"Where else can you find a hybrid biodiesel condo"? asks Ribeiro.

To learn more about making priority pre-reservations for an ultra-efficient home at Independence Station, contact Aldeia Development at 877-793-9166.

About the World's Greenest Building:
Independence Station - The World's Greenest Building, an Aldeia, LLC community, is on track to earn the world's highest LEED rating when it is completed in 2010. Located in the historic pioneer town of Independence, OR, the building will obtain its energy primarily from the sun and vegetable oil with leftover energy going to the local utility to show how the new Smart Grid technologies can help solve National Energy Security challenges. A $15 million, 57,000-square-foot project, Independence Station will host real and virtual offices, a restaurant, an Internet café, a green data storage facility, research facilities and classroom space. In addition, 15 21st century Oregon Trail pioneers will make their homes in the building's one- and two-bedroom condominiums, providing published open source energy consumption data for all to study to set new benchmarks for responsible energy consumption in daily living. For more information or to set up a tour of Independence Station, an Aldeia, LLC, community, visit


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