Developing Green Buildings.
Sustainability is the future. Pennrose leads the way in the development of buildings that preserve our natural resources while providing efficiencies that create value. Green building is about reducing energy needs, lowering carbon footprints and preserving the quality of our communities. Pennrose has being doing all of this for decades.
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What is sustainability?
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” It contains within it two key concepts:
- the concept of ‘needs’, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given.
- the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.
What is Pennrose doing to help build a sustainable environment?
- Focused on Long-Term Benefits. Our high level of sustainability means more efficient operations. That creates value for owners, management and residents alike
- Working with Green Partners. We are currently an Energy Star Partner, member of USGBC, and are partners with many green building associations including our local Delaware Valley GBC chapter and NAHB.
- Committed To The Highest Industry Standards. Every building we develop exceeds ENERGY STAR® requirements.
- Renewable Energy. We are engaged in developments that include photovoltaic panels, solar hot water, geothermal heating/cooling and green roofs.
- Providing Extensive Experience. We have completed LEED certified developments in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
- LEED® Certification and Green Development. Works to ensure energy, water, and material efficiency while providing a healthy indoor environment for residents.
- Energy EfficiencyHeating and Cooling. Achieving thermal comfort makes up an average of 50% of a home’s energy bill.
- Tight Building Envelope: Outside air on many days is too hot, cold, or humid for human comfort. Sealing leaks in the building keeps uncomfortable air outside.
- ENERGY STARS® Appliances and Lighting. The ENERGY STAR program ensures that appliances use less energy (and cost less to operate) than non-rated appliances and lighting.
- Windows and Insulation. Like a winter coat, each home has a thermal barrier, keeping residents comfortable at a low cost.
- Water Efficiency Watersense Fixtures: Similar to Energy Star, the WaterSense program sets efficiency standards for water fixtures that reduce water use while providing the same service to the user.
- Water-Efficient Appliances. Major appliances can also be designed to provide the same function while using less water.
- Drought-Resistant Grass, Plants, and Trees. If you’ve ever seen a sprinkler watering a street you’ve witnessed the largest hidden source of water waste, leaky and inefficient irrigation systems.
- Material Efficiency Durability. Significant energy and raw materials are used in construction projects. The better these materials can be assembled to resist the elements, the more virgin raw materials are preserved.
- Local Products. Purchasing materials harvested or manufactured close to their use minimizes the pollution generated and fossil fuel used in their transport.
- Healthy Environments Inside and Out Low-Emitting Materials. Chemicals in building materials can cause respiratory irritation or other reactions.
- Fresh Air Supply. While building occupants spend as much as 90% of their time indoors, adding fresh outdoor air increases the cleanliness of indoor air.
- Moisture Control. Exhaust fans help remove moisture that otherwise would support mold and mildew growth.
- Preventing Water Pollution. While life depends on it, when water is poorly managed it can erode soil, flood surfaces, and carry pollution into our supplies.
What is LEED?
In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building project is truly “green.”
For more information about LEED certification visit www.usgbc.org