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BUILT ENVIRONMENT AWARD: NEW

DHIC’S WATER GARDEN

COMMUNITY

DHIC’s Water Garden

community exemplifies

the important connec-

tion between affordable

housing, environmental

stewardship and social

justice. The 100%

smoke-free project, an

intergenerational commu-

nity on a 13-acre tract in

North Raleigh, features 148

affordable apartments for

seniors and families in the

City of Raleigh’s highest

priority area for afford-

able housing. LEED Gold

and Energy Star certified,

the complex opened in

January 2014.

DHIC believes that every-

one in its communities

deserves to benefit from

energy-saving, healthy

and environmentally

friendly technologies.

As a pioneering green

developer, DHIC chooses

the highest-impact, most

affordable green options

to keep development

costs down yet also to get

measurable results:

• Energy efficiencies that

reduce building operating

costs

• Energy and water

saving features that

keep monthly bills low for

residents

• Quality design and

construction, reducing

maintenance needs

• Diversion of 91.5%

construction waste from

the landfill

• Landscaping with

native and drought-re-

sistant plants to respect

the local ecosystem and

reduce the need for

watering and chemical

treatments.

BUILT

ENVIRONMENT