Nashville apartment complex hits high note with LEED gold
Photo courtesy of Terra House Apartments
Green building officials are signing the praises of an apartment complex in the home of country music.
The Terra House Apartments in Nashville, Tenn., has achieved LEED gold certification under LEED for Homes. The complex is a 194-unit, mixed-use apartment building on they city’s Rolling Mill Hill, according to a release from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The project was developer SWH Partners' first attempt at LEED certification, officials said. Using an integrated design team and approach, the company quickly upgraded its initial goal of silver to gold, demonstrating exceptional sustainable leadership; environmental stewardship; and commitment to the health, comfort and well-being of its residents and the larger Nashville community.
The project's successes include:
- Land use density of 76 units per acre
- Immediate proximity to 176 transit rides daily
- Energy-efficient lighting and windows
- Energy Star appliances
- Apartment fixtures that use an average of 28 percent less water than EPACT 2005 flow and flush rates
- Aging-in-place design strategies
- Building materials that resist mold, ultraviolet radiation and pest infestation
- Landscaping with native and drought-tolerant species
- Recycling of 80 percent of construction and demolition debris
Additionally, third-party verification was a key component of this project's success, the release said. Testing required by LEED for Homes identified multiple performance failures in the building’s envelope and equipment that were corrected before occupancy. These failures are common in conventional construction, but they are rarely identified or corrected in projects that don’t require third-party verification.
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