LEED is the gold standard in environmental and sustainable building, and Northwest Integrity Housing Co. is proud to be an emerging leader with LEED implementation. We're dedicated to the highest levels of environmental consciousness and sustainability, a commitment reflected in our developments. Our communities are affordable, walk-able and environmentally friendly.
Environmental awareness has risen significantly throughout the United States in the past decade. Some cities are requiring environmentally sustainable construction, and most state housing agencies either require it or provide incentives in the competitive scoring process.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification process works by awarding points for concrete measures taken in the categories of Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy Performance, Material and Resource Use, and Indoor Environmental Quality. This translates into efficient heating and cooling systems, water-conserving fixtures, energy efficient lighting, low or no VOC materials and particle board made without formaldehyde, among other important areas of focus. Based on its design and points awarded in specific categories, a development can earn basic, Silver, Gold or Platinum certification.
Northwest Integrity Housing Co. is on the leading edge in this effort to build safe and durable developments and draws on a deep well of expertise to finance, design and build sustainable, environmentally-friendly communities. In fact, our Bandon River Community in Idaho Falls was awarded LEED Platinum certification in 2015 and Valencia Senior Apartments in Fruitland, Idaho in 2016!
Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Stewardship are more than just goals for Northwest Integrity Housing Co. They are our commitment. Sharon Patterson Grant, LEED AP BD+C and Homes, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor and Healthy Homes Specialist, is a sustainable building adviser by profession.
Sharon has worked on over a 100 residential and commercial LEED projects in Idaho and Washington. Patterson Grant worked on Boise's City Hall West, is the LEED consultant for the Limelight Hotel, which is being built by the Aspen Skiing Company in Ketchum, and is working on the new public library planned for Boise's Bown Crossing.
We are honored she and all of our Board Members are committed to developing sustainable, affordable communities.
Photo by Roland Lane
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls ENERGY STAR "the little label with a big message," and Northwest Integrity Housing Co. is advancing that big message with its new homes and apartments throughout the West.
ENERGY STAR is an international standard for energy efficient products ranging from light bulbs to kitchen appliances. By using ENERGY STAR certified products in the homes we build and renovate, we're ensuring that our residents' bills are manageable, that our carbon footprint is low and that we're working for sustainable, livable communities for our residents and their communities.
A joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR saved enough energy in 2008 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars-all while saving $19 billion in utility bills.
Northwest Integrity Housing Co. is proud to be part of energy solutions with each new development we unveil.