U.L. Coleman Companies announced today that its Lifestyle Center within Coates Bluff at Wright Island has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“U.L. Coleman has embraced sustainability and embraced building healthier communities for the citizens of Shreveport,” said Shannon Stage, Executive Director, USGBC Louisiana. Coates Bluff achieved LEED Certification by maximizing energy efficiency, natural daylighting, water conservation, and use of regional materials, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified developments save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
The Lifestyle Center is a 10,000 square foot community building that features an internet café, private movie theater, fitness center, executive conference room, gourmet kitchen and multiple living areas for social and community events.
“U.L. Coleman Companies is pleased to accept USGBC’s LEED Certification in recognition of our sustainability efforts.” said U.L. Coleman Companies Development Manager, Cole Guthrie. “LEED Certification is a tremendous credit to our team. This achievement is a testament to their focus on delivering lower costs to our tenants while minimizing the carbon footprint of our developments.”
“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, Coates Bluff is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”
LEED Certification of Coates Bluff was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
• Smoke-Free Environment
• Landscaping irrigation water consumption reduced 50%
• Construction materials and workmanship achieve 20% energy cost savings
• ENERGY STAR Lighting Package, 3 to 4 times the energy savings
• ENERGY STAR® Appliances
• Improved indoor air quality; innovative MERV filters for better air quality
• Environmental education for staff and residents
• Eco-friendly maintenance practices
• On-site recycling
• Use of environment-friendly cleaning supplies
• 75% of construction waste recycled
• Building materials include 20% recycled content
• Building materials sourced regionally, reducing transportation impact and strengthening
the local economy
Coates Bluff at Wright Island is a multifamily living development located near Clyde Fant Parkway and the Shreveport-Barksdale Highway. It includes 252 energy efficient one and two bedroom apartments on a tree-shaded swatch of land rich in history and rife with foliage.
U. L. Coleman Companies
U.L. Coleman Companies is a multi-disciplined real estate and development company headquartered in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana. Founded in 1973 by President and Chief Executive Officer, Linc Coleman, U.L. Coleman Companies has been unwavering in its pursuit of excellence and sustainability. U.L. Coleman Companies specializes in multi-family and retail development while owning and managing a significant amount of commercial real estate. Coates Bluff at Wright Island is the latest example of the innovation and environmental stewardship found in its multi-family communities.
U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.
By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.
For more information, visit www.usgbc.org