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Four of the Dinerstein Companies’ Sterling University Housing Communities Receive LEED® for Homes Gold Certification from USGBC

December 4, 2012

HOUSTON, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Sterling University Housing, the student housing affiliate of The Dinerstein Companies, has been awarded four LEED® for Homes Gold certifications by the U.S. Green Building Council for achievement in green building and design. The Dinerstein Companies is committed to providing eco-quality living, green student housing and environmentally friendly apartments. The following Sterling Properties received the LEED® for Homes Gold certifications:

  • Sterling North Campus – The University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida – 206 units/734 beds
  • Sterling Fry Street – North Texas University in Denton, Texas – 194 units/614 beds
  • Sterling Highlander – University of California-Riverside in Riverside, California – 216 units/598 beds
  • Sterling Alvarado – San Diego State University in San Diego, California – 320 units/730 beds

LEED for Homes is a certification program that rewards energy and resource efficient design and construction practices. LEED for Homes certification requires the completion of a rigorous process that performs home energy (HERS) ratings, as well as, rigorous onsite inspections to verify each home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.

Each Sterling Community is projected to have substantially lower utility bills, improved indoor air quality. In addition, all four properties will have high-end energy upgrades and services including on-site ready electric car charging stations and preferred parking for Fuel Efficient Vehicles.

Sterling Alvarado and Sterling Highlander each achieved an energy rating that is over 20% higher than California’s Title-24 Energy Code due in part to ultra-efficient ductless mini-split HVAC systems, Energy Star appliances and windows and tankless water heaters. Sterling Fry Street’s energy rating was 19.3% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2004 and Sterling North Campus’ was 28% higher. The LEED® for Homes Gold certifications at the four Sterling University Housing student living communities mark an unprecedented privately owned market specific achievement in Green performance.

According to Nate Kredich, Vice President of Residential Market Development with the USGBC, “Dinerstein’s commitment to LEED for Homes is truly remarkable.” Through their commitment to developing green communities, The Dinerstein Companies is helping to make sustainable living more accessible to student living.

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, USGBC has grown to more than 18,000 member companies and organizations and a comprehensive suite of LEED green building certification systems. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations all sharing USGBC commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Visit www.usgbc.org for more information.

About LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green homes that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants. Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. To date, more than 5,000 homes have achieved certification with LEED for Homes program, and over 20,000 have registered and are in process. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/homes.

About Sterling University Housing
Sterling University Housing is a national leader in the development, construction and management of off campus student housing communities. Sterling is an affiliate of The Dinerstein Companies, one of the largest developers of luxury, green apartments in the U.S.

Contact: Misti Morales
The Dinerstein Companies
3411 Richmond Avenue, Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77046

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SOURCE The Dinerstein Companies

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