Achieving LEED certification is more than just implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better.
– Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC.
LEED Silver Certification
Ascent is committed to be good stewards of the environment and our residents, and has been thoughtfully designed to minimize energy consumption and enhance indoor air quality.
As a resident of Ascent, your energy usage and effect on the environment is far less than if you lived in a building built to standard code requirements.
Parking includes 7 preferred spaces for fuel efficient vehicles and 4 electric vehicle charging spaces.
Ascent is within a 1/2 mile walking distance to public transportation.
White top roof and parking underground reduce heat island effects to minimize the impact on microclimates as well as human and wildlife habitats.
By installing water efficient flow and flush fixtures, Ascent is targeting a savings of 43% of total indoor potable water usage compared to a baseline building. This is equivalent to an estimated 4,271,677 gallons saved annually and achieved through 1.28 gallons per flush (GPF) toilets, 0.125 GPF urinals, 0.50 gallon per minute (GPM) residential lavatory faucets, and 1.50 GPM showerheads.
Through LED lighting, high-performance glazing, and efficient HVAC systems and appliances, Ascent has targeted an estimated 25% energy cost savings compared to a code-compliant building.
Fundamental & enhanced commissioning was employed to ensure building systems were installed, calibrated, and performed as intended.
At least 10% of all materials used during construction contained recycled content and were also extracted, processed, and manufactured within 500 miles of the site.
Ascent has set a goal to divert at least 50% of construction & demolition waste from the landfill.
A recycling waste program has also been provided for tenants to encourage responsible waste diversion.
Indoor Air Quality
To ensure superior indoor air quality, Ascent has chosen to use low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the adhesives & sealants, paints & coatings, and flooring systems throughout the building. This reduces indoor air contaminates that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.
HVAC systems and the building’s envelope have been designed to meet the requirements of ASHRAE 55-2004, “Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy” to provide a comfortable thermal environment that promotes occupant productivity and wellbeing.