Receive operational benefits while getting recognized as a leader in sustainability.
Green, environmentally-friendly buildings cost less to operate and provide healthier, more productive environments in which people can live and work. Our experts help developers improve their ground-up developments to operate sustainably for the long-term.
Achieving a green certification—Passive House, Enterprise Green Communities, ENERGY STAR®, or LEED®—for your development provides operational benefits of a green building in addition to the public recognition as a leader in sustainability. Furthermore, some lenders will give economic incentives for achieving certain certifications or require them.
Our team will work with you to determine which certifications make the most sense for your project and will work with your development team to ensure your project will receive certification along with all the benefits of a green building.
Passive House buildings perform to an extremely high standard. They significantly lower operation costs—90% reduction in heating and cooling demand and up to 75% reduction in overall energy demand—and provide maximum resident comfort and occupant health. Our Passive House Certified (CPHC) professionals consult throughout the design process and perform the rigorous inspections, testing, and verification necessary to achieve certification.
Enterprise Green Communities (EGC)
EGC is the first national green building program developed for affordable housing that aligns affordable housing investment strategies with environmentally responsive building practices. EGC is required for New York City HPD funded projects and is one of several certifications developers can achieve for HFA communities across New York State.
ENERGY STAR has a number of different certification programs. For new construction, the EPA requires that a building conform to certain design standards and undergo a process of inspections, testing, and verification to receive the ENERGY STAR label. This certification indicates a building uses less energy while delivering tenants better comfort.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world for all building types. Our LEED Accredited Professionals work with multifamily development teams to design and build to the highest levels of LEED certification.