20 Oct LightView Awarded LEED Platinum Certification
Exactly one year since its opening, and one year since it was announced that we were targeting LEED Platinum certification, we’re proud to announce that LightView at Northeastern University has been awarded LEED Platinum certification from The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the highest level of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, and is now the first LEED for Homes Platinum high-rise student apartment buildings in Boston.
When we partnered with American Campus Communities and Northeastern University, designing a sustainable living space was our collective priority—providing a healthy, comfortable, and socially responsible environment for students. LightView was designed and built using construction industry best practices for sustainability. Additionally, LightView’s location and proximity to community resources helps reduce occupant’s automobile dependency, and it was built on a previously developed site, both of which positively contributed to the project’s excellent performance within the LEED rating system.
From intact air-barriers that separate each dwelling, ensuring better energy efficiency, air-quality, comfort and sound-attenuation from adjacent apartments to low-VOC paints, adhesives, flooring and carpets, important sustainability elements were strategically implemented to work together to provided high-efficacy fresh air and filtration, and ensure a premium indoor environment.
Other green features include high-efficacy LED lighting throughout; high-efficiency, low water laundry; low-flow shower heads, lavatory faucets and toilets, and drought tolerant plantings. Building materials were selected for environmental purposes to limit the impact associated with greenhouse gas emissions including locally sourced materials that were high in recycled content.
Knowing that sustainability is a challenge we all need to address, we were proud to lead the students at Northeastern and the city of Boston toward a more sustainable future.
Photos by Flaunt Boston