Green Development

green_devel_001HEARTLAND HOUSING’S FOCUS ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS A COMMITMENT TO THE HEALTH OF OUR RESIDENTS, BUILDINGS AND COMMUNITIES.

In the past five years, 100% of our new projects have achieved green building certifications.  Recent sustainable features include on-site urban agriculture, geothermal heating and cooling, solar thermal domestic hot water system, green roofs, energy monitors for each unit, non-toxic surfaces and finishes, native drought-tolerant landscaping and permeable paving.

Beginning with eco-charrettes and continuing throughout construction and operations, Heartland Housing seeks to implement the highest level of green building appropriate for each building’s context.  Our buildings have achieved LEED Certification at the Gold Level (Prairie Apartments) and Enterprise Green Communities Certification (Capuchin Apartments, Harvest Commons, and Maskani Place).  Our property management continues this commitment to green living with low/non-toxic cleaning materials, support for residents’ green living, and attention to lower-energy light fixtures, Energy Saver appliances, and low/no-VOC and/or recycled content floor coverings and paints.

Many of these components help us reduce the long-term operating costs of our properties, increasing our portfolio’s financial stability.  And, equally important to our mission, they help us create a healthier environment for residents by providing good indoor air quality, areas to encourage an active lifestyle, and access to fresh produce.

We expect to achieve green certification on all future developments, providing residents with healthy and resource-efficient housing and staff with a healthy work environment.

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