What is LEED?
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is developed and administered by the United States Green Building Council and is an accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance Green Buildings across the world.
LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas that affect human and environmental health:
- Site Sustainability
- Water Efficiency
- Energy Efficiency
- Material and Resource Selection
- Indoor Environmental Quality
Aspen Green has been designed to incorporate sustainability strategies and is pursuing LEED (Gold) for Homes – Multifamily Mid-rise certification. The following are Green Building features of the Aspen Green Development:
- The project is conveniently located in close proximity to public transit with frequent services and several community resources.
- Electrical vehicle charging stations are provided for building occupants and visitors.
- A high-efficiency irrigation system has been installed that reduces the outdoor water use by 30%.
- Low flow/flush plumbing fixtures are provided.
- Energy conservation measures incorporated at Aspen Green include a high-performance building envelope, along with energy efficient appliances and lighting.
Material and Resource Selection
- The environmental footprint of the building was reduced by using materials that were extracted, harvested and manufactured locally.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Best practices were implemented during construction to optimize air quality, ensuring the health of building workers, as well as occupants. Best practices included utilizing contaminate control measures during construction and using low emitting products for the interior finishes.
For more information on the LEED for Homes Multifamily Mid-Rise program please visit the US Green Building Council’s website.