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Paseo Verde in Philly First to Achieve LEED-ND Platinum

December 30, 2013

Maximizing mixed use and transportation connections helped this Philadelphia project score the most points since LEED for Neighborhood Development’s creation.

Paseo Verde’s four apartment buildings are clad in fiber-cement panels with swatches of color. Green roofs over the brick base between the buildings provides useable outdoor space.

Photo: Paseo Verde

A transit-oriented complex in Philadelphia for low- and moderate- income residents has become the country’s first neighborhood certified LEED Platinum.

The Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), a Latino community development organization, and Jonathan Rose Companies, one of the developers behind New York’s Via Verde, collaborated to create Paseo Verde—a mixed-use neighborhood with 120 rental units and 30,000 ft2 of ground-floor retail and community space.

The $31.3 million complex qualified for a low-interest loan through a state initiative called EnergyWorks, according to GreenSource Magazine, by reducing projected energy use 27% compared to a similar baseline project. In addition to high-performance appliances, each apartment has an individually metered gas-fired heating and cooling unit that can be controlled by the tenant. The projected annual purchased energy use is 40 kBtu/ft2.

Paseo Verde scored a high 24 out of 27 for smart location and linkages, an important credit category in LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) 2009; the community is located directly adjacent to the fourth-busiest train stop in Philadelphia, providing easy access to the city center; bicycle storage and a car-share program are also available to tenants. Other services, such as a fitness center, technology center, and medical clinic, are located onsite.

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