By Tara Davis, Sustainability Program Manager
Lawrence Station and Aviara apartment homes have officially received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification! LEED certification is part of a nationally recognized program that was established by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage the design of environmentally responsible buildings.
BRE's sustainability program adds value by not only reducing the impact to our environment, but also by reducing costs. Here are some of the highlights at Lawrence Station and Aviara:
- Easy come, easy go
Both communities are conveniently located near everyday essentials and public transportation, which reduces your carbon footprint (and road rage frustration!).
We also have ample on-site bike storage and parking spaces dedicated to low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
- Air quality
Lawrence Station and Aviara are smoke-free communities, and we continue our commitment to indoor air quality by using green cleaning products and CRI Green Label Plus certified carpets. We even use low-volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and sealants, which limits the release of harmful chemicals into the air.
- Water conservation
We capture and treat storm water runoff so it can be used for irrigation. But luckily, we don't need that much water. Our landscaping includes drought tolerant and native plants as well as smart irrigation systems that consume 50% less water than similar projects. Inside our apartment homes, water-efficient toilets, sinks and showers reduce potable water use by 33%.
Check out some great water-reduction tips for your apartment home here.
- Energy savings
We use Energy Star, stainless steel appliances in our apartment homes. They're as elegant as they are energy-efficient – you can see up to a 33% savings on your energy bills. Our dual-pane windows can also reduce energy bills and exterior noise.
You can read more about the LEED certification process here.
At BRE, we take pride in offering a living experience that benefits our residents and our environment. Lawrence Station and Aviara continue to build on our tradition of excellence in sustainability.