One of DTLB’s newest developments, The Current is the first residential building in Long Beach to earn the LEED NC Silver and LEED ND Gold certifications.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. Developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.
The building is chock-full of energy-efficient design elements, including heat absorption minimization from the sun and energy-efficient lighting systems. Water conservation with low-flow plumbing fixtures provides 30 percent more water efficiency than a standard system; there’s a highly reflective cool roof surfacing; and the property has underground parking and electric charging spaces.
The architects also took into account The Current’s location as it was designed to take advantage of natural ventilation from the ocean breeze with an ecoduct system added throughout to direct ocean air directly into each unit. The need for electric light is minimized by occupancy sensors and large glazed windows to take advantage of natural daylighting in all common areas and residences.
With a growing number of people who want to live and work in buildings that use materials, finishes, and fixtures that have a good impact on the community and the environment, increasing demand for green-certified rentals is expected to continue, according to a recent RENTCafe survey.
There is plenty of encouraging evidence that these are just the beginning stages of green living in Long Beach.