Seniors Housing Wins Cincinnati’s Greenest Building for ’15

The Reserve on South Martin, a seniors housing property, has been named Cincinnati’s Greenest Building for 2015 by the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Cincinnati—The Reserve on South Martin, a seniors housing property, has been named Cincinnati’s Greenest Building for 2015 by the Cincinnati Business Courier. The publication tapped the property for the number-one spot based on data from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Information Gateway.

The 60-unit residence is a joint project of the City of Mt. Healthy, the Cincinnati-Hamilton County NSP2 Consortium, and the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. Among other green features, the structure uses an energy recovery ventilator to assist heating and cooling performance and reduce operating costs. Windows are very high-efficiency, offering both insulation and low-e values to mitigate summer sun.

Other sustainable design features include a storm-water management system that incorporates underground storage to infiltrate water back into the ground, an integrated water quality control system, rain gardens for natural water control and treatment and dedicated resident gardening areas. The grounds also feature a high-efficiency irrigation system for dry spells.

During its development, construction waste on the Reserve on South Martin was reduced by 87 percent–that is, only 13 percent of the project’s construction waste ended up in landfills. The rest was recycled or reused.

Sol design + consulting provided sustainability and LEED certification services for the project, which achieved a LEED Platinum rating. The company is currently working on 150 certification projects in 10 states and internationally.