Building Greener, Smarter Communities Across California

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ROEM is committed to creating wholesome, sustainable communities that are designed smarter and built better.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a certification program for buildings and communities that guide their design, construction, operations and maintenance toward sustainability. Recognized worldwide, it’s based on prerequisites and credits that a project meets to achieve a certification level: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

LEED-certified buildings provide healthier living and work environments, use resources more efficiently, reduce material and solid waste, improve air and water quality, minimize a building’s impact on ecosystems, reduce carbon and greenhouse gasses, lower operating costs, and promote the use of sustainable materials. With a slightly higher initial up-front cost, LEED buildings offer multiple times the initial investment over the life cycle of the building, hold higher real estate values, higher occupancy rates, higher rents, higher sales prices, have less liability and default, have lower operational costs, and are considered lower investment risks (from the 2012 report, “Sustainable Industry Sector Retrospectives,” by the Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship).

Three ROEM developments featured in this newsletter – Charlotte Park Apartments (San Jose), South Hills Crossing (San Luis Obispo) and Metro Village (Baldwin Park) – recently achieved LEED-H Platinum Certification, the highest level of the LEED for Homes rating system. Since the inception of LEED-H in 2005, ROEM has achieved a total of 14 LEED-H certified buildings, with 7 Gold and 7 Platinum awards (all properties are in California).

LEED-H Gold Certifications include:

LEED-H Platinum Certifications include:

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