Atria Senior Living, senior living community, providing old age care has declared that its Atria Tamalpais Creek facility located in Novato, California was recently granted LEED silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The Tamalpais Creek facility has become the first senior living community fulfilling the stringent requirements of USGBC to achieve LEED certification out of the total 120 Atria communities. Five more communities located in California and New York have also applied for certification.
Atria Tamalpais Creek facility recently underwent redevelopment and renovations by incorporating a number of eco-friendly additions. For renovations, the company re-used nearly 93% of the original materials thus preventing over 576 tons wastes from reaching land refills. It utilized paints and carpets with low level Volatile organic compounds (VOC), and installed energy conserving cooling and heating systems. The company also incorporated an efficient recycling program and kept sufficient quantity of green space. The water conserving fixtures installed in the building are designed to cut down water usage by 30%
The other energy sustaining efforts of Atria include new roof top solar installations for two of the community buildings located in New Jersey and New York. It also has associated with the carpet manufacturing company, Shaw Industries Group and developed a method for 100% recycling of carpets and placed over 340,000 yards of recyclable carpet all over the nation thus saving over 600 tons of carpet from reaching the landfills.
Through its ‘Go Green with Atria’ campaign Atria has installed over 140,000 compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) in all its community facilities and at its corporate support office. The CFL replacement has resulted in saving 37 million kWh of electricity, which can be equated to offsetting carbon dioxide discharges of 6,000 cars by removing them off the road.