By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
The Vue53 Apartments, 1330 E. 53rd St., reached an important milestone on Thursday, Oct. 19, for accomplishing full occupancy and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification status.
According to Joe Valerio, principal of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, the building is now 100 percent occupied and they are proud to be LEED certified by the US Green Building Council.
“I think reaching full occupancy was great,” Valerio said about the building’s new status. “We are now LEED Silver.”
According to Valerio, the building was required to meet six specific criteria set by the US Green Building Council organization to qualify for LEED Silver certification status. The criteria for certification were, site development, water, energy, materials, indoor air quality, and innovations.
In addition to the groups certification of achievement, other criteria were required to help meet the organization’s carbon foot print approval category including 14,500 square foot (50 percent of net roof area) of green roof planted with local vegetation, north and south glass facades to help maximize views and daylight, high reflectance roofing materials to help reduce heat absorption, extensive protected bike parking on site, and 50 percent parking embedded within the building footprint.
Since its development in September of 2016, the building has earned the 2017 Student Housing Business News award for living spaces with over 400 beds and the 2017 Platinum award from Multi-Housing News Excellence.