For the second year in a row, National CORE has been recognized as a LEED Homes Power Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The announcement was made earlier this summer at the USGBC annual LEED Homes Awards. National CORE holds the distinction of being the only nonprofit affordable housing developer and builder on the list. The LEED Homes Awards honors residential projects, builders, and developers committed to creating healthy, sustainable, and resilient homes and communities. To achieve this designation, at least 75 percent of each Power Builders’ homes and unit count from 2019 had to achieve LEED certification.

“This year’s recipients are examples of what we can achieve when we prioritize decisions that support both people and the planet, especially for our most vulnerable communities, and they remind us that each certified green home is an opportunity to improve someone’s quality of life,” said U.S. Green Building Council President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam.

National CORE has dedicated itself to the design and construction of cost-contained, high-performance, affordable housing that integrates energy efficiency and sustainability into each development and each home. As a signatory of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment, National CORE works to report energy performance data for its full portfolio of housing communities, allowing it to prioritize energy performance and work more easily toward a carbon-neutral future.

“We believe our move towards Zero Net Energy and carbon-neutral goals will help transform the communities we serve for years to come, lowering our overall environmental impact, while at the same time lowering operational expenses,” said National CORE Director of Sustainable Design Tim Kohut. “We believe that our approach is a model for the affordable housing industry, and it is gratifying to be recognized by the USGBC for our efforts.”

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