ACC’s Northeastern University Project Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

by Katie Sloan

Boston — LightView, a 310,000-square-foot residence hall developed in a public-private partnership between American Campus Communities and Northeastern University, has achieved LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

“Our team is honored to receive this prestigious LEED Platinum certification to recognize our passion for finding ways to incorporate sustainability in ways that are compatible with affordability,” says James Wilhelm, executive vice president of public-private partnerships for ACC. “With smart, sustainable construction and operations including sourcing green energy, we are committed to doing our part in shaping a brighter future for students, employees, campuses, communities and the planet.”

To create a healthy indoor environment at LightView, the partnership placed intact air-barriers that separate each dwelling, ensuring better energy efficiency, air-quality, comfort and sound-attenuation; and used low-VOC paints, adhesives, flooring and carpets.

Building materials were also selected for environmental purposes to limit the impact associated with greenhouse gas emissions, including locally-sourced materials that were high in recycled content. Other green features include:

  • high-efficacy LED lighting throughout;
  • high-efficiency, low-water laundry;
  • low-flow shower heads, lavatory faucets and toilets;
  • and drought tolerant plantings. 

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