Sustainable design guides the eco-conscious Trellis House

Trellis House in Washington DC is going above and beyond to deliver on the climate promises made to residents of this new eco-friendly apartment building. What could be better than a new LEED Platinum mixed-use building? A LEED Platinum development that reduces the environmental effects of previous on-site development. Trellis House not only provides sustainable design and healthy interior living spaces, but also reduces the heat island effect and consumes 21% less energy than the site’s previous building.

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Trellis House is a mid-rise multi-family apartment building project in Washington, DC, developed by Rise Real Estate to meet community needs at all levels. It is mixed-income, mixed-use, and is directly across from Howard University. The building design reduces the heat island effect of previous site development by introducing a green roof and non-absorbent landscaping materials. Voluntary remediation to remove underground storage tanks and contaminated soil from previous development also improves site health and safety.

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The dense, pedestrian-friendly project provides easy access to transportation, employment and recreation areas. The building even includes a yoga studio, fitness center, swimming pool, pet spa, hydroponic garden, and electric vehicle charging stations. Storing bicycles for residents encourages sustainable transportation. The project even saves 21% more energy than the reference building and uses 30% less water.

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In addition to high-efficiency equipment and appliances in the building, ventilation systems provide outdoor air for a healthy indoor environment for residents. In addition, the construction favored recycled, locally sourced and low-emission materials.

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This smart design combines eco-friendly and wellness-focused features for an upscale, healthy living space. The sustainable design of Trellis House even earned the project the 2019 Best in American Living Silver Award from the National Association of Home Builders. The judges praised the development for its “unexpected” detailing and embracing “the history and context of the neighborhood while delivering the first LEED Platinum-certified multifamily project in the Washington DC market.”

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