Energy Saving Lighting System in New Silver Gardens Garage is First of its
Kind in Albuquerque
Induction Lighting System to Slash Energy Bills by Over 40 Percent Green Screen to Cool
Building & Clean Air
Albuquerque, NM (Vocus) May 19, 2010 -- Romero Rose, LLC, the Albuquerque affiliate of Jonathan Rose
Companies, has installed a state-of-the-art induction lighting system in the new City-owned two-level, 200-space
parking garage adjacent to Silver Gardens Apartments, a $12.5 million energy efficient and environmentally
friendly four-story mixed-income rental apartment development recently constructed on the site of a former
Greyhound Bus terminal in downtown Albuquerque, NM.
The new garage serves Silver Gardens residents, as well as residents of Elements Townhomes, a $21.3 million,
72-home cluster of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly for-sale townhomes at the corner of Third and
Lead streets, and retail tenants of Green Commons, a green commercial development designed to help drive the
economic revitalization of Albuquerque’s emerging downtown neighborhood. Excess capacity will be available
to the general public on a limited basis.
The garage will also be clad in a ‘green screen’ – a living wall that will cool the building and help clean the air.
A two story metal screen has been attached to the exterior walls, and ivy planted at the base will grow to cover
most of the visible surfaces of the garage, making it both softer on the eye and easier on the environment.
The new lighting system is expected to realize a 42% annual energy cost reduction representing a savings of
$3,900 a year [to whom – the City?. It will reduce the projected electrical load for the new garage by 47%
compared to the metal halide fixtures that were initially specified for the garage. Romero Rose projects that in just
two and a half years they will recoup the extra costs of this system versus the costs of the metal halide system.
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