The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, more commonly known as “LEED,” was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000 to promote practical design and construction methods that benefit the environment. The LEED program applies to many different types of development in the built environment and can be implemented by developers of new properties and owners of existing ones. One Beach is the third property within The Neighborhood Developers’ real estate portfolio to be certified under the LEED program. One Beach and the LEED program approach environmental sustainability through several criteria:
- Site Selection: One Beach is located in downtown Revere, which gives its residents excellent access to neighborhood amenities and public transit. Within a half-mile walk are local shops, cafes and bank branches, parks, the Revere Public Library, the Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center, and places of worship. Three MBTA bus routes – the 116, 117 and 119 – have stops immediately in front of the building. Residents have multiple transportation options, and can reach their day-to-day needs by walking, which reduces the need to use a car and the number of vehicle miles traveled. The development also puts a vacant property back to productive use, which reduces demand for undisturbed open space and uses existing infrastructure.
- Site Design: With a density of 71 units per acre, One Beach protects undisturbed land by developing housing on a compact site and enlivens the surrounding neighborhood by introducing more street life. The site’s landscaping uses only native plantings, does not use any grass, whose maintenance is water intensive, and instead maximizes drought-tolerant plants.
- Materials & Resources: During construction, One Beach’s general contractor tracked how construction waste was thrown away, specifically focusing on recycling excess materials. Where possible, the project will also use products with recycled content or low emissions, including the flooring and paints. No tropical wood was used in the design.
- Water & Energy Efficiency: All of One Beach’s apartments include high-efficiency showers, bathroom sinks and toilets, reducing the use of water. The landscaping’s irrigation system is also designed to use water efficiently. The system uses drip irrigation, and it knows when there was a recent rainstorm, so not to waste water. The building’s exterior walls are designed to moderate temperature within the building, by using a thick, spray-foam insulation in the exterior wall cavities and below the roof. This type of insulation reduce the energy needed to heat and cool the building.
- Indoor Air Quality: During construction, all ducts and vents were sealed to minimize dirt, dust, or other contamination that could enter them. The apartments’ walls are carefully sealed to minimize the transfer of air across apartments or into the hallway, and fresh air is delivered directly to each apartment through sealed ducts. Bathroom and kitchen exhaust systems are designed to meet high industry standards that improve air circulation. One Beach has also been designed without any fireplaces in apartments and without a parking garage – both of which are common sources of lower air quality. (Parking is available to residents in a surface lot, adjacent to the building.)
- Education and Operations: As part of developing One Beach, TND will work with the property manager, Winn Residential, and the property’s residents to continue our commitment to green living. This has included promoting LEED and “green” design to residents when they moved into the building, training the property maintenance staff on operation and use of the property, including its green features, and promoting LEED at the construction site and in the local newspaper.
TND is proud to participate in the LEED program and we are excited about the benefits it brings to Revere. For more information about LEED, please visit the U.S. Green Building Council’s website: http://www.usgbc.org/