Baton Rouge, La. — Sterling University Housing, the student housing affiliate of The Dinerstein Cos., has been awarded the LEED for Homes Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for achievement in green building and design.
According to the USGBC, Sterling’s project, Sterling Burbank, near Louisiana State University, is the largest Platinum-certified LEED for Homes Student Housing project in the country. The development is a five-story, 235-unit, 695-bed community offering one-, two-, four- and five-bedroom floor plans for students.
LEED for Homes is a certification program that rewards energy and resource-efficient design and construction practices. Sterling Burbank achieved an average Energy Star HERS Score of 57, making it 43 percent more energy-efficient than a standard new apartment home and 73 percent more energy-efficient than a standard existing apartment home.
Sterling Burbank is projected to have substantially lower utility bills and improved indoor air quality when it opens. In addition, the property will have high-end energy upgrades and features multiple eco-friendly living amenities, including on-site recycling for residents, covered bicycle racks, electric car charging and preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles.