By Tara Davis, Sustainability Program Manager
BRE is committed to developing our new apartment communities with the future in mind. They’re designed to benefit our operations, residents and the planet – both now and in the years to come. Our two newest development communities, Solstice and Wilshire La Brea, exemplify this commitment.
LEED certification: the industry standard for sustainability
In the age where everyone claims to be green, Solstice and Wilshire La Brea are truly sustainable. They have been designed to be LEED certified, which is the industry standard and the highest certification that recognizes green construction and operation practices.
LEED (which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is intended to ensure the design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient.
Those seeking LEED certification submit an application and receive points for various sustainable features. The quantity of points determines which rating level is achieved: certified, silver, gold and platinum.
Why LEED matters
What does all of this mean for you? It means you can be confident that our LEED communities have been built to the highest standard for indoor air quality, are energy- and water-efficient (which can lead to lower utility costs), and are conveniently located near everyday essentials and public transportation. Additionally, it means that during construction, sustainable building materials were used and waste was minimized.
Beyond the buildings themselves, our residents also benefit from these communities’ green policies. For example, many communities are smoke-free and use only green cleaning products.
BRE’s LEED communities
We currently have nine LEED-certified or eligible communities, and the list keeps growing.
- Solstice (candidate for LEED certification) in Sunnyvale
- Villa Granada (gold) in Santa Clara
- Lawrence Station (candidate for silver) in Sunnyvale
- Wilshire La Brea (candidate for LEED certification) in Los Angeles
- 5600 Wilshire (silver) in Los Angeles
- Park Viridian (gold) in Anaheim
- Taylor 28 (silver) in Seattle
- Belcarra (silver) in Bellevue
- Aviara (candidate for silver) in Mercer Island
At BRE, we know it’s important to provide for future generations and protect our environment. It’s more than just a mantra for us – it’s at the core of the way we build and operate our communities.