You've seen it on our website and almost all of our handouts: 520 Park Apartments are LEED Certified! But what does this mean to you? Most of us understand the concept of LEED which, by the way, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design but aren't familiar with the specifics of what makes a green building green. Developed in 1994 and constantly evolving, LEED represents green building leadership. It's transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated across the globe. LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy. During development of 520 Park Avenue, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) paid us a visit and analyzed our plans. Upon inspection and deliberation, we were awarded the Silver Standard for LEED Certification. If you're curious about the process of this system and wonder how they arrived at their conclusions, here's how it all works: The green building certification program recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points (0-100) to achieve different levels of certification. Each rating system groups requirements that address the unique needs of building and project type. There are five rating systems: Building Design and Construction, Interior Design and Construction, Building Operations and Maintenance, Neighborhood Development, and Homes. Once a project team chooses a rating system, they'll use the appropriate credits to guide design and operational decisions. The number of points the project earns determines its level of LEED certification. In order to achieve Silver certification, a building must earn between 50-59 points, which is what 520 Park was able to achieve when we opened our doors in 2014. Energy efficient appliances, windows and green practices set us apart from other apartment communities. We strive to provide you with a home that is clean, comfortable, and most importantly, environmentally responsible.