College Student Housing Gets A LEED Touch

The Dinerstein Companies has been developing and managing apartment buildings since 1955, but LEED certification for three of its latest developments proves that it’s not behind the times.

These three green, high-end developments are the Sterling Collwood apartments, near San Diego State University, The Millennium Waterway Ave. apartments, in The Woodlands, Texas, amd the Sterling Central apartments, near the University of Central Florida, which took LEED Gold and two Silvers, respectively.

Waterway Ave. apartments

image via The Dinnerstein Companies

Sterling Collwood features extensive open space (exceeding code requirements by 1880%) and was constructed in a way that diverted 10,479.81 tons of construction waste from local landfills.

The focus at The Millennium Waterway Ave apartments was on reducing potable water consumption through a combination of low-flow irrigation and plumbing features, while the Sterling Central apartments emphasized stormwater management, low-VOC construction materials and optimized energy performance.

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.