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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Lend Lease Project Takes ADC’s Inaugural Sustainability Award

  • July 5, 2011
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For its efforts to adopt clean energy sources and promote sustainability, Island Palm Communities (IPC), a partnership between Lend Lease and the Army, has been selected by ADC for its inaugural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Partnership award.

IPC, the largest residential family housing privatization project in the Army, is on track to have more than 25 percent of its energy requirements met from renewable source by 2025. That ambitious goal will be achieved through the installation of photovoltaic and solar hot water systems on rooftops. Already, 17 percent of IPC’s energy comes from renewable energy sources.

“Soldiers and civilians are well aware of the challenge we have to reduce energy consumption, so having the opportunity to meet the Department of Defense’s goal in our housing communities is a great accomplishment,” said Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

Beyond its effort to convert to renewable energy, IPC is a leader in sustainable development. The partnership’s participation in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot has provided IPC an opportunity to help establish the first national rating system for neighborhood design in collaboration with developers across the U.S. In April 2011, IPC’s Simpson Wisser neighborhood became one of the first to receive LEED Certified Neighborhood recognition.

All new homes built in IPC communities meet LEED Silver standards. Sustainable features include the use of dry wells, reduction of the heat island effect, radiant barriers on roofs, low e-glaze windows and compact fluorescent light bulbs.

“Our development and design/build teams have done a tremendous job working with our Army partner to provide them with new technologies and approaches to design solutions, which will assist them in meeting their energy efficiency goals,” said Mark Frey, the partnership’s project director.

IPC will be recognized during the Defense Community Awards lunch at the ADC 2011 Annual Conference on Tuesday, July 19.

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