The green roof courtyard at 360 State Street in New Haven, CT.
We all want to live in an environmentally friendly world, and at Bozzuto we are doing our part to make that happen. We achieved ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year both in spring 2017 and spring 2018. Since then, we have been working to make even more strides in becoming a leading environmentally friendly company. Within our plethora of ENERGY STAR and LEED certified buildings, a rising sustainable feature, green roofs, has been helping Bozzuto become an even more environmentally friendly company.
So, what is a green roof? A green roof sits atop a building and is covered with vegetation planted over a waterproof membrane to prevent leaks. Green roofs are known to reduce energy usage and costs while creating natural insulation. The National Park Service explains that the vegetation serves as an additional layer of insulation—keeping residents warmer in the winter and cooler during summer months and reducing energy costs.
Green roofs don’t just save money, they also heal and protect their environment. The vegetation absorbs CO2 and other pollutants, effectively cleaning the air and producing oxygen. Green roofs also capture and filter rainwater during wet weather. This reduces water runoff from buildings and keeps pollutants from reaching street level. Green roofs are a neat way to boost the resident experience, save money and conserve the environment.
The Green Bozzuto Experience
In the heart of Locust Point in Baltimore, Maryland sits Anthem House, an apartment community that has been on the forefront of sustainable living. The apartment community features the largest green roof in the Bozzuto portfolio and has implemented several other green initiatives. The Lawn, one of their two elevated courtyards, has a large variety of easy to maintain plants and provides residents with an urban oasis to relax and enjoy the spectacular views of Baltimore. In addition to their green roof, Anthem House features LED lighting throughout the building, an extensive recycling program, and units equipped with ENERGY STAR® certified appliances to reduce waste and energy usage. With a concern for the environment and a passion for sustainability, this community embodies our dedication to reducing our environmental footprint.
This culture of sustainability is not solely confined to just D.C., Maryland and Virginia, but permeates our entire portfolio. Atwater Apartments has a green roof in the heart of downtown Chicago and the Madox in New Jersey features both a green roof and solar panels. Not to be outdone, our LEED Platinum certified building 360 State Street in New Haven has a half-acre green roof that, according to Yelp user Tony L., doubles as “the perfect place to catch some sun and maybe some shuteye.” The green roof serves not only as an environmental feature, but also as a beautiful retreat for residents to enjoy.
There is a pattern across all Bozzuto built and managed communities — our passion for implementing and maintaining green initiatives. From our multiple certified green buildings to our dedicated water and energy savings campaigns, we strive to offer the best options for our partners and residents.