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Westlake Steps Projects Get LEED Certified

Westlake Steps Projects Get LEED Certified

Congratulations to the Holland Partner Group for successfully LEED certifying both Westlake Steps 2 and 4. These large multifamily projects, located at 1207 and 1287 Westlake Avenue respectively, were built concurrently. To address steep terrain, each project is divided into two buildings stepping up the slope with an at grade walkway and hill climb between them. Below grade they are connected by shared parking. Completed first, the 310,000SF, 5-story Westlake Steps 4 project has 317 market rate units and achieved LEED Certification in the spring of 2017. It was quickly followed a LEED Silver Certification on the Westlake Steps 2, a 313,850SF 6-story project with a small groundfloor retail space and 385 market rate units. ArchEcology guided the LEED certification process for both projects.

The Integrative Process in LEED V4

The Integrative Process in LEED V4

The Integrative Process, one of the new credits introduced in LEED V4, falls into a category all its own. Unlike many of the other credits that quantify characteristics of the building, the IP is a pre-design practice that serves as an opportunity to perform early intervention on the project’s sustainability goals. The goal of IP is to identify synergies across disciplines and building systems when there is still maximum opportunity to have an impact on design and before too many critical decisions have been finalized. The IP addresses sustainable design considerations that can have an early and lasting impact on energy consumption, water usage and site conditions: Energy Systems Required for all BD+C and ID+C projects, the Integrative Process includes the construction of a “simple box” energy model during schematic design. This model allows the design team to explore the energy impact of key parameters, including: Site conditions Massing and […]