It’s official. Three of Dinerstein’s new apartment communities were awarded LEED® certification for green design, building and performance. The eco-friendly housing earned enough credits in the LEED Rating System to achieve the goals of Gold and Silver certifications.
To become LEED certified apartments, each of the three development projects had to meet a number of prerequisites in five environmental categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Materials & Resources. Points are given for each prerequisite met.
Projects earning at least 26 total points become LEED Certified. If the project earns 33-38 points, it’s awarded the LEED Silver Rating. Gold Rating requires 39-51 points and Platinum, the highest level achievable, requires 52+ points.
Measures for living beyond green at Dinerstein’s Sterling Collwood apartments near SDSU earned this property enough points for LEED Gold. Sterling Central apartments near UCF and The Millennium Waterway Ave apartments in The Woodlands, Texas were both awarded LEED Silver.
Among point earners at each property was construction waste management. A total 10,479.81 tons (87.094%) of onsite-generated construction waste during development of Sterling Collwood was diverted from landfills to be recycled. At Sterling Central, 85.993% of waste was sent to recycling centers, as was 85.76% of the waste from The Millennium Waterway Ave. Each property earned two points for doing so.
Sterling Collwood also got a point for maximizing open space. To get the point a project must exceed local zoning requirements by 25%. Collwood exceeded minimum code requirements by 1880%.
Measures for water efficiency, to reduce the heat island effect, optimize energy performance, and reduce light pollution were among various other point earners at the now LEED certified properties.
The Dinerstein Companies are currently pursing LEED certification for other green student housing communities and environmentally friendly apartments – and living up to the commitment to Living Beyond Green.