Charlottesville Neighborhood Accepted Into Environmental Program

Today, the Daily Progress reported that “the planned Belvedere neighborhood in Albemarle County has been accepted into the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design neighborhood development pilot program that is sponsored by the United States Green Building Council. The program sets benchmarks for development that is both sustainable and environmentally responsible.”

“Stonehaus, the Belvedere developer, hopes to eventually build more than 700 energy-efficient homes in the neighborhood off East Rio Road. The project, scheduled for completion in 2011, will also include 10,000 square feet of retail space and 70,000 square feet of office space.”

“All of the neighborhood’s homes will be Energy Star and Earth Craft certified, guarantees of each home’s energy efficiency. The developer also hopes to focus on sustainability by managing stormwater runoff, preserving native trees and making the neighborhood accessible to pedestrians.”

Belvedere is the first project in the Charlottesville area to join the LEED program, and expect more to follow in its path.

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