Sustainable Comfort Inc. (SCI), announces the award of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Gold Certification to the Long Pond Senior Housing Project in Greece, N.Y. developed by Rochester's Cornerstone Group, Ltd. and PathStone Corp. of Rochester, N.Y., and built by Lecesse Construction of West Henrietta, N.Y. SCI acted as the green building verification consultant for the project, and the architect was SWBR Architects of Rochester, N.Y.

The units are available to residents 55 and older who qualify under certain income guidelines with units fully accessible and adaptable for residents with mobility, visual, and hearing disabilities, in addition to on-site supportive services. The 53,502 square foot project is made up of 54 units, and 1 building, the first phase of a 120-unit planned development.

Several factors that supported the LEED for Homes Gold Certification include well insulated walls, airtight construction, efficient mechanical systems, sustainable site design and green construction materials. A healthy indoor environment, pollution reduction and lower utility and maintenance costs are also features of LEED certification. This highly efficient affordable housing is expected to reduce water and energy consumption by 20 to 30 percent over typical code compliant construction.

The $10.85 MM project received funding from New York State Homes and Community Renewal's Housing Trust Fund program, Monroe County, the town of Greece, The Community Preservation Corp. (CPC), RedStone Equity Partners, private equity and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Lecesse Construction received the “High Quality for Top Producing Partner with an average HERS Index of 50” award from NYSERDA for their work on this project and others like it at this year’s 2016 ACI New York Regional Home Performance Conference on February 9, 2016 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

“I want to congratulate the project team on LEED for Homes Gold certification. This is quite the accomplishment and demonstrates a commitment to sustainable building and practices,” remarked Albert LaValley, President of Sustainable Comfort Inc.

Sustainable Comfort Inc. is a Worcester, Mass. based green building and energy efficiency consulting firm with expertise in multifamily housing. SCI specializes in LEED for Homes, ENERGY Star Homes, Enterprise Green Communities, Passive House, HERS Rating, State Incentive Programs, and Code Compliance. The firm is also involved with the property management and development of multifamily buildings.

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