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 Alewifeis 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 Alewifehas 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 Alewifeinstalled 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 Alewifewas designed to improve energy efficiency and
reduce the cost of energy for the entire building savings.Hanover Alewifehas installed improved insulation, upgraded glass
and windows, and efficient parking garage lighting in order to
increase energy efficiency.
Materials and Resources Hanover Alewifeprovides 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 Alewifeis a Non-Smoking Building.Hanover Alewifehas 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 Alewifehas 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 Alewifehas 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 Alewifehas provided individual lighting control for at
least 90% of the building's fixtures and for all multi-occupant
Controllability of Systems - Thermal
Comfort Hanover Alewifehas 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