Baltimore—Brightview South River, a new community in Edgewater, Md., providing assisted living and memory care services for seniors, has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The achievement is a first for a seniors project in Maryland and also the first for Brightview Senior Living.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, provides developers with guidelines designed to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment and its inhabitants. Points can be earned that result in one of four LEED certifications: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Brightview South River is the first seniors housing project in Maryland to obtain LEED certification at the gold level.
Additional features that qualified Brightview South River for LEED gold certification include:
- Preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles and carpools
- Protection and restoration of natural habitat
- Collection ponds for stormwater management
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures and appliances
- Increased insulation in walls and roofs
- Energy Star windows, doors and appliances
- Energy efficient lighting, fans and HVAC systems
- Storage and collection areas for recycling
- Paints, carpeting and flooring with no to low-emitting VOCs (volatile organic compounds)