As Good As Gold


As Good As Gold


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It provides a set of guidelines for the creation of highly efficient and cost-effective buildings. Each project being considered for LEED must adhere to strict regulations to determine its certification level (Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum).

In September, the MA-designed 1620 Central, a residential development in Evanston, IL, was awarded LEED for Homes Gold® Certification. The project's sustainable elements include an extensive green roof, common areas powered by solar energy, low-flow fixtures, low-voc paint, and the use of recycled materials. Furthermore, the development's prominent location, surrounded by a retail district and Northwestern University along with its proximity to public transportation, made the site ideal for residents with a transit-oriented lifestyle.

"I really enjoy working on projects that integrate sustainable design components," said Josh Sacks, Associate. "The extensive green roof and use of solar energy to power common areas are just a few of the ways we achieved an environmentally-conscious design without compromising quality."


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