LEED certification: Not just a development fad

October 7th 2013

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.

Northern California

Southern California

 Seattle area

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.