NLCS leads the charge of installing and retrofitting incandescent light bulbs with light emitting diode (LED) light products that produce light up to 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs. For The Village at Rockville and The Legacy at North Augusta this results in a reduction of 1,011,952 and 103,844 kilowatts hours per year, respectively.
The Village at Rockville has electric vehicle charging stations and recently installed several energy-efficient boilers. During the construction of the Glenmere apartment homes, 9,000 square feet of green roofs were included in the design. These green roofs are comprised of a vegetative layer that cools down the roof thus reducing energy usage. Another benefit of a green roof is that it significantly reduces stormwater runoff.
The Village at Rockville also boasts 6,000 square feet of microbiorention systems. A microbiorention system is a water filtration system that treats runoff by passing it through a filter bed mixture of sand, soil and organic matter.
The Village at Orchard Ridge installed geothermal wells during its construction in 2012, which harness the Earth’s heat and are considered a renewable energy source.
As an addition to the solar field project, Distributed Solar Development (DSD) is also installing up to four dual electric vehicle charging stations in Orchard Ridge parking lots.
Construction plans for The Village at Providence Point includes energy efficient technologies such as combined heat and power systems to produce heat for hot water and excess building heat, energy efficient ballasts, LED lighting and Energy Star appliances.
Providence Point will also include green 62,000 square feet of green roofs, 79 rain gardens (equating to 1.2 acres in total), 15,300 square feet of porous pavement driveways that will reduce water runoff and microbiorention planters.