We are continually challenging ourselves and our partners to:
Independent, third-party verification is a powerful tool in advancing our company’s environmental objectives. Some of the programs and rating systems through which we’ve attained verification include:
As we have stated in our company vision, we will be the leader in transformative real estate solutions — and similarly, we pledge to be a leader in our industries and in our communities in a individual, personal, company-wide and collective approach to awareness and commitment to green and sustainable practices.
We believe in a process in which both the indoor and outdoor environments are considered during the design phase, and then protected during the course of construction.
Commencing on day one with the site selection and lasting throughout the life of the project, we address the environmental impact of our projects.
The Model Group is currently nearing completion on its first project to be certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, the Forest Square Senior Apartments in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED rating system – which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – “provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.” LEED focuses on the “metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts (usgbc.org)."
The LEED for Homes rating system "promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes (usgbc.org).” It is one of several LEED rating systems, each of which is tailored to different building types and project scopes.
Projects can achieve one of four tiers of LEED certification - certified, silver, gold, and platinum - based on points awarded in the following eight categories:
Benefits of Green Homes
Owners and residents of homes built to the LEED for Homes standards experience many benefits. Some of these benefits include:
Owners and residents of LEED for Homes buildings have the assurance of third party performance testing, verification and certification, ensuring their home is truly green.
LEED for Homes owners and residents can also take pride in being part of a nationally respected and recognized green home rating system.
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