LEED certification

The Dwelling Place is the proud owner of thirteen LEED certified mixed use and multifamily housing buildings in nine projects, more than any other affordable rental housing provider in the state of Michigan. Twelve are located in Downtown Grand Rapids and one is located in Holland, Michigan. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes building designs and standards for construction, maintenance, and operations. LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.[1]  LEED certification is accomplished through the U.S. Green Building Council, and there are four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum, depending on the number of points that a project receives. Of the thirteen LEED certified apartment buildings owned by Dwelling Place, five are Certified, two are Silver, two are Gold, and four are Platinum. Following is a list of Dwelling Place's LEED certified units, along with their completion date. Our 101 Sheldon Blvd. office was also accredited with LEED certification upon its renovation.

Martineau Apartments (2 buildings) - Certified (2004)
Kelsey Apartments (3 buildings) - Certified (2006)
Verne Barry Place - Gold (2007)
Bridge Street Place - Platinum (2009)
Goodrich Apartments (2 buildings) - Silver (2010)
Midtown Apartments, Holland - Gold (2010)
Reflections: A Senior Living Community - Platinum (2011)
Herkimer Apartments - Platinum (2014)
Commerce Courtyard Apartments - Platinum (2014)

Dwelling Place cares about LEED certification because it aligns with our mission. The mission of Dwelling Place is to improve the lives of people by creating quality, affordable housing, providing essential support services, and serving as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. Dwelling Place desires to provide housing that is high quality. We want people to want to love living in our apartments. We believe every individual deserves an opportunity to have a quality place to call home. When you live in an energy-efficient building, not only are your utilities lower, but you conserve energy, reduce water consumption, and have better indoor air quality.

In addition, since LEED certification is globally recognized as a premier mark of achievement in green buildings,[2] it can attract potential residents and commercial tenants. LEED certification is great for one building, but imagine the effects when you have ten LEED certified buildings in the course of just over four city blocks, as Dwelling Place does. People become drawn to the region, serving to revitalize the neighborhood. It is recognized that this is a neighborhood that cares and is focused on making a better community.