On October 11th, ActiveWest Builders received LEED Platinum certification on the final seven homes in our Meadow Ranch neighborhood. Overall, 83% of the homes in this development received Platinum certification, the highest possible rating, and 17% received Gold certification, the second highest.
ActiveWest participated in the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) pilot program from the very beginning of the 80-home Meadow Ranch project, and received LEED ND certification for the development in 2011. LEED for Neighborhood Development recognizes development projects that successfully protect and enhance the overall health, natural environment and quality of life. The rating system encourages smart growth and New Urbanism best practices by:
- Promoting the location and design of neighborhoods that reduce vehicle miles travelled (VMT)
- Creating developments where jobs and services are accessible by foot or public transit
- Promoting an array of green building and green infrastructure practices, particularly for more efficient energy and water use
- Protecting and conserving habitat, wetlands, water bodies, and prime agricultural lands through the maintenance of natural areas and “smart location” choices.
While we are very proud of these exceptional accomplishments, we are even more proud to continue to provide healthy, green, high performance homes for our buyers.