Ingleside at King Farm has been awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the most prestigious national accreditation for new construction. The LEED rating system recognizes the most energy efficient, health conscious and environmentally-sound buildings in the U.S. and worldwide. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED’s rating system comprises six categories of sustainable design and construction such as Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design.
“The eco-friendly construction fits with our vision for what a twenty-first century Continuing Care Retirement Community should be,” said Jonathan Garber, Executive Director of Ingleside at King Farm in Rockville, MD. “We took what was originally a traditional new development and transformed it into the most progressive and sustainable community possible.”
Ingleside at King Farm was recently honored by Montgomery County for having one of the area’s best recycling programs.
Some of the “green” measures being taken at Ingleside include:
- Preserving Indoor Environmental Quality: Using paints, carpets and finishes with low volatile organic compounds;
- Saving Water: Reducing irrigation water consumption;
- Increasing Energy Efficiency: Installing energy-efficient windows and a mechanical design to produce building energy systems savings;
- Protecting Nature and Open Space: Maximizing green, open space on site and the eight acres of Forest Conservation land adjoining the property;
- Recycling and Using Local Materials: Implementing a rigorous recycling plan with staff and residents, and using about 20 percent recycled materials for construction.
“The green-construction techniques not only help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they contribute to a healthier environment for our residents, staff and the King Farm community at large,” Garber concluded.