The new hybrid and cottage homes on the south side of campus have been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Project of the Year at the 2012 ForEVER GREEN Awards Gala, hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Central PA Chapter. The design and construction team consisted of RGS Associates, RLPS Architects and Benchmark Construction Company. LEED commissioning was coordinated by Studio3volve and ecological restoration efforts were led by LandStudies. This project originally achieved LEED Gold status in August 2012 and has now gone on to receive additional accolades and recognition.
This project achieved LEED Gold certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies applying ecological restoration and low impact development techniques. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
Project features include:
• Geothermal mechanical system
• High performance windows
• Increased insulation
• Ultra low-flow fixtures
• Rainwater harvesting for non-potable uses (car washing, irrigation, etc.)
• Porous paving
• Enhancement of ecological systems (Streams, floodplain, woodlands, open spaces)
• Groundwater recharge and filtration systems to manage storm water runoff
Mark Hackenburg, Principal with RGS, noted that “Since the inception of this project, Landis Homes has shown a commitment to environmental stewardship and using their existing resources wisely. It’s been a pleasure to be a part of the team that assisted in making the dream for this community a reality.”