The Blair Towns apartment building in Silver Spring, Maryland, is super-green in its day to day operations, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The organization recently certified Blair Towns with LEED Platinum status under its Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating. Blair Towns is believed to be the first multi-family residential project in the world to earn this distinction.
Blair Towns earned this designation by virtue of its close proximity to a public transportation hub (it estimates that over 75 percent of residents use some form of transit or carpool); a focus on environmentally friendly materials purchasing (such as carpet and paint); low flow water features; and a comprehensive green cleaning program that specifies green products, equipment and procedures.
The building is also 32 percent more energy efficient than an equivalent, conventionally constructed building. The building is located in the Blair Tower, which offsets its carbon footprint 100 percent with renewable energy credits.
This certification piggybacks Blair Towns’ 2004 LEED certification for New Construction, which made them the first such certified apartments in the country. The Blair Tower live-work-play complex currently holds 11 LEED certifications, three of which are Platinum.