The U.S. Green Building Council (
www.usgbc.org) is a nonprofit organization committed to expanding sustainability in the built environment. Its mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.
Residents of 
Hanover Alewife have a remarkable opportunity to help lead the shift to sustainability in buildings, and in the process define a new kind of community. By choosing to live in a LEED certified building, residents will benefit from excellent indoor air quality and ample thermal and lighting controls. These and other elements combine to create a healthier living environment for all residents and serve as one more benefit included in this luxury apartment in Houston.
Public Transportation Access

Hanover Alewife is located within a few blocks of the Alewife T Station with direct access to Davis Square, Porter Square, Kendall Square, and Harvard Square in less than 15 minutes and downtown Boston in less than 20 minutes. This reduces the need to drive cars to and from the site, thereby reducing environmental impacts associated with pollution and development.
Alternative Transportation - Bicycle Storage

Hanover Alewife has provided bike racks for an estimated 15% of all building users. There are 3 property bike rooms on property. All 3 bike rooms are located on ground Level 1 building structure. The bicycle racks are floor and wall mounted and convenient to access. Residents enjoy having their apartments located in the 02140 area code because of the easy bike ride to local dining, shopping, and entertainment venues.
Water Use Reduction

Hanover Alewife installed building fixtures to achieve an overall water use reduction of 34% for the project. The building’s plumbing fixtures include low-flow lavatories, low-flow showers, low-flush toilets and urinals. In total, these measures will reduce water consumption of the building by a significant amount per year.
Minimum Energy Performance

Hanover Alewife was designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce the cost of energy for the entire building savings. Hanover Alewife has installed improved insulation, upgraded glass and windows, and efficient parking garage lighting in order to increase energy efficiency.
Materials and Resources

Hanover Alewife provides a centrally located, easily accessible area for recycling of paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and metals. The dedicated recycling storage space is located in the first level of the garage. Residents are strongly encouraged to utilize the recycling program and facilitate recycling of waste materials.
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control

Hanover Alewife is a Non-Smoking Building. Hanover Alewife has prohibited smoking in all residential units, in all the common areas of the building and on private balconies. In order to minimize exposure of building occupants, indoor surfaces, and ventilation air distribution systems to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).
Low-Emitting Materials - Paints and Coatings

Hanover Alewife has complied with the applicable volatile organic compound (VOC) requirements for all adhesives and sealants installed within the weather barrier for the building. As a result, the building has provided a healthy indoor environment for residents as they live in their home.
Low-Emitting Materials - Flooring Systems

Hanover Alewife has complied with the applicable standards for all flooring systems installed within the weather barrier for the building. As a result, the building has provided a healthy indoor environment as they live in their space.
Controllability of Systems - Lighting

Hanover Alewife has provided individual lighting control for at least 90% of the building's fixtures and for all multi-occupant spaces.
Controllability of Systems - Thermal Comfort

Hanover Alewife has provided individual comfort controls for at least 50% of the building and for all multi-occupant spaces to enable adjustments to meet individual needs and preferences for the building. The building has provided operable windows, ceiling fans & temperature control systems- thermostats (accessible to residents at all times also during non-business hours at club house) which allows for individual controllability of thermal comfort.