California Mixed Used Development Heads Toward LEED Silver

Space to live, work, play and pray–that’s the concept behind a new mixed-use development in Venice, California, for which its designers, Griffin Enright Architects, will be seeking a LEED certified silver rating.

The development– which comes to us via Greendiary–includes several living spaces, offices, a church and retail spaces; it makes use of solar energy generators, a roof garden and recycled and renewable building materials. Architects are also looking at ways to reduce the building’s carbon footprint by integrating energy-efficient lighting, HVAC systems, natural ventilation and natural day lighting.

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image via Greendiary

We’re happy to see more architects moving beyond the simple focus to ‘build it green’ and giving good thought to the way we actually live. This type of mixed-use development has the potential to cut our carbon emissions by bringing us physically closer to the places where we work, shop and worship, cutting down on the amount of gas expended in the course of everyday life. So although this development technically doesn’t qualify for LEED-ND status, it seems very much in the spirit of the big-picture green neighborhood.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.