GroundFloor Development and KWA Construction have committed to developing housing that meets the higher standard of performance and sustainability. The results have a direct impact not only on the environment, but on the standard of living for their residents and their pocketbooks, as well.
Through astute building processes and design, Taylors Farm Apartment community incorporates the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) internationally recognized green building rating and certification system called LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The purpose of this national standard system is to produce better buildings that benefit the environment, the community and the residents.
LEED provides voluntary benchmarks for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of green buildings and structures. Covering the entire building lifecycle, LEED is truly a robust framework of guidelines and measures that only the most environmentally responsible and sustainable buildings are able to attain.
LEED governs all the major “green areas”, such as water and energy efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of materials and resources.
Common examples of the materials incorporated into LEED certified buildings include energy saving power sources, energy efficient appliances, locally produced materials and advanced building materials to provide improved quality while minimizing consumption of natural resources.
LEED goes beyond materials of use, rewarding sites for choosing green building locations – for example, sites already located near existing infrastructure, transit routes and open spaces for physical activity – in addition to a site’s ability to educate its residents about how to maximize the use of its green features.
Taylors Farm Apartment Homes, GroundFloor Development and KWA Construction are proud to position themselves with a completed community expected to exceed their initial design goals for LEED certification after final review. To learn more on the responsible development of the green building process, please visit www.usgbc.org/LEED/.
Taylors Farm expects to achieve LEED Gold certification upon final review, hosting green features throughout the community to educate countless future and prospective residents on a more sustainable lifestyle. The additional capital invested by the development and equity partners was supported by HUD financing who was very excited about the upgrade to green features and processes. This type of product advancement sets the new standard for quality residential construction in the years to come, giving Taylors Farm Apartment community the competitive advantage today, in environmentally friendly and responsible housing.