A Three-Story Walkup in Oradell
Three-Stories is more resource efficient that two-stories.
Across the street from the old Oradell train station is a stunning three story mixed use building. The architectural details of the facade indicate that it was built during an era when anything worth building was worth building well. This grand structure stands approximately 35 feet tall. The building, 613 Oradell Ave, has residential tenants on the second and third floor. The first floor has commercial space which, appropriately enough, is occupied by an architectural firm, Andrew Fethes Architects. Innovative examples of their work are displayed in the large storefront windows. The Maple Avenue side of 613 Oradell Avenue also has a huge window.
Generous windows are one green element in 613 Oradell Avenue. These windows allow ample natural sunlight to pour into the office during the workday. This keeps electricity usage minimal by virtually eliminating the need for artificial light. Like the glass of a greenhouse, thermal glass also keeps the interior warmer during the winter. The efficient design of 613 Oradell Avenue greatly reduces its fossil fuel use. Residents who live near the Hackensack River south of the Oradell Dam can also thank 613 Oradell Avenue's efficiency for reducing the potential for flooding. By building up, the developer for 613 Oradell Ave put more floor space in a smaller foot print.
If the same amount of living and commercial space occupied two-story buildings, they would require more land. When short buildings sprawl over the land, it increases the amount of impervious surface in the town. A town with more impervious surface has more runoff during downpours and more flooding in the flood zones.