We Are Green

The impact of buildings on the natural environment does not end with the construction crew leaving the site. The building and its occupants will require substantial resources over the lifetime of the structure in order to condition the residence, provide for sanitary and cooking needs, upkeep the building’s appearance and functionality and maintain equipment at its highest operational efficiency. Therefore, all site level staff including management and maintenance will be trained accordingly to maintain the NAHB Green Building Certification. 

Conservation ~ By building on an urban vacant lot, resources are CONSERVED and open space preserved which take underdeveloped land space and prep it for construction i.e. remove trees, level the ground and bring in sewer, water and electrical lines for the project.

Efficiency ~ Higher efficiency domestic water heaters such as the 96% efficient model installed, greatly reduce the cost to heat the water compared to a typical 80% unit. This reduces the residents’ monthly water bills.

Mass Transit ~ Access to mass transit systems and community resources provide a host of environmental benefits, namely a reduction in the amount of land devoted to parking and cost savings associated with reduced automobile use thus reducing the carbon footprint.

Hot Water ~ When hot water lines are INSULATED they reduce the amount of heat loss between the water heater and the residents’ unit.

Water Filtration ~ Underground STORM WATER COLLECTION systems assist with filtering typical non-hazardous pollutants rather than having the county do such at a cost to the numerous landowners.

Energy Usage ~ Typical higher density developments, building up rather than out, lower the amount of capital costs they can thrive in the Minnesota climate.
required by the City and County for infrastructure such as roads, water, sewer etc. It also reduces the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the building.

Environmental ~ The use of off-site precut and pre-assembled wall components for the building provides environmental benefits such as REDUCTION OF material WASTE.

Materials ~ Using materials or prefinished assemblies that do not require chemical finishing products to be applied on-site, such as paints and stains, REDUCE a building’s ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT over both the short and long term by effectively making them maintenance-free.

Sustainability ~ Weather-resistant barriers located in the exterior walls of the building reduce the potential for water intrusion and the many adverse effects on durability, sustainability and even indoor air quality.

Recycle~ Using recycled building materials reduce the environmental impact of construction by diverting waste from the landfill and CONSERVING untapped NATURAL RESOURCES.

Prevention~ Mechanical duct work which are not supplying heating/cooling to that same space are sealed to prevent leakage and thus reducing the energy consumption.

Energy Costs ~ Windows that have an average U-Value of 0.35 or better will significantly reduce the heating and cooling bills for the individual units by trapping heat in the winter and keeping it out in the summer.

Utilities ~ By providing each unit with their own gas, electric and water meters, informed residents will typically act to reduce their overall energy monthly usage as a SAVINGS technique.

Consumption ~ Programmable thermostats allow each individual resident to LOWER the heat and cooling CONSUMPTION when they are either at work or sleeping.

Energy Star ~ Energy star bathroom fans utilize 70% LESS ENERGY on average than standard models.

Condensation ~ By exhausting all bathroom fans and clothes dryers, moisture is likely to not condense on interior surfaces, affect INDOOR AIR QUALITY, and contribute to building material degradation.

Non-Smoking Area ~ By placing “Non-Smoking” restrictions in all common areas it will eliminate the adverse affects smoking does to the indoor air quality.

Emissions ~ The use of LOW VOC paints will improve the indoor air quality by limiting emissions generated.

Air Quality ~ The use of LOW-EMITTING materials in carpet and complying with the Carpet and Rug Institutes (CRI) Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality Program contribute to improve indoor air quality by limiting emissions generated.

Irrigation ~ Site irrigation systems for landscaping are designed to reduce the amount of water necessary to maintain successful growth. RAIN SENSORS also eliminate the need for watering during a rain event.

Water Usage ~ Reduced flow showerheads, faucets and toilets significantly decrease the amount of water wasted by each resident on a daily basis.

Energy Reduction ~ Fluorescent and LED lighting typically uses one third less energy than the conventional incandescent bulb. Use of motion and day light sensors throughout all the common areas also significantly reduce the amount of energy needed.

Food Waste ~ Garbage disposals divert food waste from landfills, efficiently process organic material, return water content to the ecosystem and capture organic material for conversion into FERTILIZER, with a side benefit of energy generation.

Water Waste ~ Hot water re-circulating lines minimize the quantity of water wasted while waiting for hot water to be delivered to the residents faucet or showerhead.