The Uptown is currently the only LEED Certified Multifamily project in Clark County. Why is this important?
Green buildings use natural resources efficiently, lowering both utility bills and impact on the environment
- In general, buildings create a huge impact on the environment. US buildings account for 41% of energy consumption, dwarfing industrial at 30% and transportation at 29%.1
- About 23 billion gallons of water are used per day in domestic settings, excluding private water supplies.2 Efforts in improving water-efficiency are expected to reduce water use by 15% and save over 10% in costs.3
- Standard building practices use and waste millions of tons of materials each year; green building uses fewer resources and minimizes waste. LEED projects are responsible for diverting more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills, and by 2030 that number is expected to grow to 540 million tons. 4
We want to provide you with the most comfortable and durable living space without compromising health of yourself or the environment. Simple things you can do to keep you and your home healthy
- Turn off lights and electronics when they are not in use.
- Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
- Notify maintenance team immediately if you hear dripping, trickling or running water in your home, or if your faucets are leaking or your toilet is running.
- Take shorter showers, 5-10 minutes max.
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
- To conserve energy and stay comfortable, set your thermostat no higher than 68˚-69˚ in the winter and lower when not home or at night. In the summer, set your thermostat to 73˚-74˚ and higher when you are not home.
- Do not place furniture in front of HVAC units as this will block airflow and increase the time the units run, which increases energy costs.
- Do not leave the heat on when a window is open. Heating and cooling the room at the same time wastes energy.
- Clean your HVAC units with a vacuum every 3 months to remove debris that reduces optimum airflow and increases energy consumption.
Indoor Air Quality Management
- Keep dirt out by removing shoes before entering your home and you can reduce outdoor contaminants from entering your home by 85%.
- Vacuuming and dusting regularly (especially if pets are present) reduces overall air contaminants and keeps the surfaces of your home cleaner.
- Keep air fresh by opening windows periodically as it removes moisture, odors and fumes that permeate the home and can cause respiratory issues.
- When cooking, always run the range hood.
- Sweep daily to reduce allergens in the air and on your living surfaces.
Housekeeping and Cleaning
- Natural cleaning products such as baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice, salt and borax are great alternatives to harsh store-bought chemicals that can damage our homes surfaces. Realsimple.com lists 66 of the best cleaning solutions.
- Washing dishes quickly eliminates the possibility of insects showing up in your home. Keeping surfaces free of debris and food eliminates the food sources for insects to thrive.
- If you purchase store cleaning agents, look for the Green Seal Certified® label or biodegradable options to minimize your exposure to chemicals.
Waste and Recycling
- Waste prevention is making choices that prevent the generation of waste. Buy durable quality items that last longer before needing replacement and purchase reusable over disposable materials.
- Select items with less packaging or purchase in bulk. Select products that are recyclable.
- There are many non-recyclable items such as coffee cups, pet food bags, ceramics, glass cookware and pizza boxes. For more info, visit http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/recycling.aspx.
- Bike parking is provided onsite
- In Washington, transportation accounts for nearly half (47%) of the total greenhouse gas emissions, including emissions from cars, trucks, planes, and ships. 5
- Because many of those who live in downtown Vancouver do not need to travel further than a few miles to enjoy various activities, we encourage the use if bicycles whenever possible.
1 National Trust for Historic Preservation (2011). The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse.
2 U.S. Geological Survey (2000). 2000 data.
3 McGraw Hill Construction (2010). Green Outlook 2011: Green Trends Driving Growth.
4 Watson, Rob. Greenbiz Group (2011). Green Building and Market Impact Report
5 Washington State Department of Transportation (2017) Protecting air and water quality