The United States Green
Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit, member-based organization dedicated
to promoting sustainable practices in the building industry. To better serve
their mission, the USGBC created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) rating system that provides specific guidance on developing and
maintaining green properties. The point-based system offers optional sustainable practice in the areas of project sites, location, water, energy,
indoor air, operations and purchasing, innovation, and regional environmental
concerns. Every project is required to meet minimum sustainable performance in
various categories and receives a final level of certification based on the
number of sustainable efforts attempted. A third party reviewer rewards the
property with a certification level of Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
AMLI has selected to utilize the LEED for Homes, LEED for
Homes Mid-Rise, and LEED for New Construction programs at many properties
throughout the country. Our communities have achieved various levels of LEED
certification and we continue to enhance our sustainable practices.
For more information on
the USGBC and the LEED rating system please visit www.usgbc.org.
LEED Rating System
Sustainable redevelopment of disturbed sites and designing
with best stormwater management practices aid in the protection of sensitive
Green roofs, high
reflective roofing and reflective site materials reduce the amount of heat
absorbed from the sun and minimize the temperature differences between
developed and undeveloped land. AMLI 900 features a green roof to help offset
the effects of heat island.
Locations & Linkages
Selecting sites in developed areas with existing
infrastructure allows communities to grow and focus on local amenities.
Community Resources and
Many AMLI communities are
located near community resources such as grocery stores, coffee shops, post
offices, and other businesses. This approach gives residents walkable access to
businesses and public transportation while minimizes the dependency on personal
Water efficiency efforts can greatly reduce the burden on
municipal water supply and wastewater systems.
Drip irrigation systems
can reduce water landscape water consumption by over 50%. Select AMLI
properties install drip irrigation with rain sensors, timers, and zoning to
ensure proper landscape maintenance and reduce excessive watering.
Energy & Atmosphere
Buildings use an estimated 40% of the total energy produced
in the United States and much of the production has harmful environmental
HVAC & Building
Selecting insulation with
a high “R” value and installing energy efficient windows help to maintain
interior building conditions. AMLI design teams carefully select building
envelope components and ensure proper air sealing during construction.
Additionally, energy efficient HVAC units and Energy Star appliances are
installed to further reduce energy consumption.
Materials & Resources
Selecting locally produced building materials and products
with recycled content are just a few ways to reduce negative impacts from
Waste Management &
Building construction and
operations produce a significant amount of waste. AMLI selects construction
waste haulers that divert construction waste and offer recycling programs at
all our properties.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Designing indoor environments with fresh air and reduced
contaminates contribute to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Low Emitting Materials
Many communities install
various low emitting materials such as Green Label Plus certified carpet and
FloorScore certified flooring. Additionally adhesives, sealants, paints and
coatings are utilized to reduce the amount of contaminants introduced to the
Awareness & Education
Knowledge of sustainable practices is a powerful tool in
green living. Education of building occupants enhances the sustainable design
features of a green building.
Education of Tenants and
Training of the building
service teams enable staff to execute and maintain sustainable building
features. Tenants are also provided guidance on green practices.
Innovation & Design
Two key aspects of green buildings are smart design and
quality construction. Continuous innovation and thinking keep the green
building movement alive.
Integrated Project Team
AMLI developments use an
integrated team approach to encourage sustainable design and to enhance the
effectiveness of green measures.
Environmental concerns often differ depending on location.
Focusing on these concerns enable buildings to better serve the greater good of
Water Use Reduction
Many AMLI communities
carefully select and install water efficient fixtures that reduce water use,
but still offer comfort and cleanliness to building occupants.