Silver Star Apartments Named ‘Project of the Year’ by USGBC-LA

Dec 2017 Silver Star Apartments Named ‘Project of the Year’ by USGBC-LA

Silver Star Apartments was recognized at USGBC-LA’s 7th Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards in two award categories, including ‘Project of the Year’. Awards were handed out during the 13th Annual Green Gala on November 30, 2017 in Los Angeles.  The Sustainable Innovation Awards offer prestige and affirmation for a project‘s commitment to a sustainable built environment. In addition to Project of Year, Silver Star Apartments received the Energy & Atmosphere Honor Award.

Silver Star Apartments is a carbon-neutral, net zero energy building in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The recently-completed development includes 49-units of affordable housing for homeless veterans. In addition to achieving LEED Platinum, the project is Energy Star Multi-Family Homes Certified and is targeting Energy Petal Certification for the Living Building Challenge. The roof and wall mounted photovoltaic system is designed to offset 100% of all site energy use.  Quality air sealing and insulation installation was implemented to greatly reduce envelope leakage and HVAC loads. The gray water system, recycles water from indoor uses (bathtubs, bathroom sinks, and washing machines), offsetting 100% of the irrigation demand and, when fully implemented, will flush toilets within the apartments. The system is expected to reduce potable water demand for the project by 40%, saving an estimated 700,000 Gallons of water per year.