Vista Grande Court (shown above), Encanto Village, and San Ysidro Senior Village are the latest National CORE communities to be awarded LEED certification at the Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council. To qualify for LEED certification, developers must pass a rigorous set of design and building guidelines that go above and beyond what is prescriptively required by most states across the U.S.
All three communities were designed and constructed with energy efficiency in mind, using a combination of a robust building envelope with high-quality insulation, high-performance HVAC, and highly efficient hot-water heating systems. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the leading program for green buildings and communities worldwide. The LEED program raises the bar on building standards to address energy efficiency, water conservation, site election, material selection, daylighting, and waste reduction in order to create a more sustainable, prosperous future.
National CORE is dedicated to the design and construction of high-performance affordable housing that integrates energy efficiency and sustainability into each project and into each home. In 2019, National CORE became the first developer to sign on to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment, an initiative that provides architects, engineers, developers, and owners with the resources necessary to design and develop communities that combat the effects of climate change. Additionally, National CORE received the 2018 LEED Homes Power Builder award for outstanding green construction across the portfolio.