Affirmed Housing Group announced its Magnolia Court facility was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Platinum certification.
LEED is an international green building certification system which provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built to decrease environmental impact.
Developed by the USGBC, projects must meet certain prerequisites to be LEED certified. Magnolia Court achieved the highest sustainability rating, LEED Platinum.
“While demand for traditional residential construction is slowing, the green housing market continues to grow and Magnolia Court is a great example of why this is,” said Nate Kredich, Vice President, Residential Market Development, U.S. Green Building Council. “LEED certified homes are healthier places to live, produce lower utility bills, have better air quality, and leave a smaller environmental footprint behind.”
The facility consists of 52 apartments that are rented to those 55 years and older. Many of the units include environmentally-friendly products such as low-lead paint, building components that were extracted, processed, or manufactured in the area.
Magnolia Court was also built with an underground storm water retention system designed to retain and regulate the discharge of storm water runoff from surrounding properties.
“We are honored and humbled by this distinction. We hope that Magnolia Court will serve as a catalyst for sustainability throughout the state of California,” said James Silverwood, President of Affirmed Housing Group.