When The High Grove was awarded LEED Silver Certification in March of this year, we were proud to share the news with our residents and the larger Baton Rouge community. Since it was the first recognition of its kind for a luxury apartment building in the city, questions arose about what it meant for residents and their apartments. LEED Certification is a major benefit for any resident living in a certified building, so we’ve outlined some common questions and answers here for those interested in learning more.
What is LEED Silver Certification?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to projects that demonstrate green, “best in class building strategies and practices.” Projects can receive base, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification and generally fall into one of five rating systems: Building Design and Construction, Interior Design and Construction, Building Operations and Maintenance, Neighborhood Development, or Homes.
LEED Silver Certification requires excellence in nine key areas: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, location and linkages, awareness and education, innovation in design, and regional priority.
What specific features contribute to LEED Certification?
At The High Grove, features include photovoltaic panels to reduce electricity costs, Energy Star lighting and appliances, water-conserving fixtures, high-efficiency HVAC systems, local heat island reduction measures, and landscaping that reduces water consumption. We also have a strict no-smoking policy in place.
When considering a new apartment, keep an eye out for features like these. Ask if the building is LEED Certified or is pursuing certification. If the answer is no, ask what measures are taken to increase energy efficiency.
Why is it good for residents?
If you live in Baton Rouge, you know how pricey just an A/C bill can be! LEED Certification helps combat expenses like this, meaning energy and cost savings for residents. At The High Grove, innovative green design features make the property 22% more energy efficient than other comparable buildings. This lowers utility bills while reducing our environmental footprint — a win-win in our book.
Do you live in a LEED Certified building? Would certification make you more likely to choose one residence over another?