USGBC Tennessee celebrates LEED Gold Terra House Apartments | U.S. Green Building Council
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On May 10, the USGBC Tennessee community recognized the Terra House Apartments in Nashville. Terra House, which has achieved LEED Gold certification under LEED for Homes, is a 194-­unit, mixed­-use apartment building on Nashville’s Rolling Mill Hill.

The project was developer SWH Partners' first attempt at LEED certification. Using an integrated design team and approach, the company quickly upgraded their initial goal of Silver to Gold, demonstrating exceptional sustainable leadership; environmental stewardship; and commitment to the health, comfort and well-being of its residents and the larger Nashville community.

The project's successes include: 

  • Land use density of 76 units per acre
  • Immediate proximity to 176 transit rides daily
  • Energy-efficient lighting and windows
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Apartment fixtures that use an average of 28 percent less water than EPACT 2005 flow and flush rates
  • Aging-in-place design strategies
  • Building materials that resist mold, ultraviolet radiation and pest infestation
  • Landscaping with native and drought-tolerant species
  • Recycling of 80 percent of construction and demolition debris  

Additionally, third-party verification was a key component of this project's success. Testing required by LEED for Homes identified multiple performance failures in the building’s envelope and equipment that were corrected before occupancy. These failures are common in conventional construction, but they are rarely identified or corrected in projects that don’t require third-party verification.

USGBC Tennessee congratulates SWH Partners, the Metropolitan Development and Housing AuthoritySmith Gee StudioGenesis EngineeringLittlejohn EngineeringHodgson DouglasRC Matthews ContractorsRAM Partners LLC, and Wilmot Inc, all of whose work has helped raise the bar for what we should expect from our built environment. This is how market transformation occurs. Terra House is where the good life meets the green life.

Learn more about LEED for Homes

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