Reston Heights Receives First LEED-ND Silver Designation in Virginia
March 26, 2009
Reston Heights, a mixed-use community being developed along the Tulles Toll Road in Reston, Va., has been certified as LEED-ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development) Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The designation is the first of its kind in Virginia.
- Previously a combination of surface parking lots and primarily low-density office space, Reston Heights has emerged as an example of a new urban neighborhood that incorporates sustainable design. Its first phase – Reston Square – is complete and consists of a 140,000-square-foot office building, a hotel and for-sale residential condominiums. Future phases will include at least 1.5 million square feet of office space, 350,000 square feet of retail space, and 500 new residential units.
Other than the first phase, Reston Heights is part of a multi-site portfolio of operating properties and development projects located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area that is jointly owned by MacFarlane Partners and The JBG Companies, one of the region’s leading real estate companies.
MacFarlane Partners made the investment on behalf of MacFarlane Urban Real Estate Fund II, its institutional real estate fund that invests in development, redevelopment and repositioning projects in urban and high-density suburban areas nationwide.
The LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. Unlike other LEED rating systems designed by the USGBC that rate buildings or interiors, LEED-ND certification can be awarded for entire communities and neighborhood plans.
LEED-ND certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development’s location and design meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development. Reston Heights achieved this certification through:
- Emphasizing green-building technology, with all new buildings being certified as LEED Silver;
- Developing a high-density, mixed-use community, thus promoting smart growth and sustainable design;
- Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by developing land near the Dulles Toll Road and two future Metro light-rail transit stations;
- Instituting green operations, cleaning, organic landscaping and maintenance programs for all new buildings; and
- Employing comprehensive water-conservation, recycling and waste-management programs.
Click here to read the press release issued by The JBG Companies on March 26, 2009.
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