Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal — Green Buildings — August 31 - September 13, 2012 — 21A G reen B uildings


Designed to meet LEED and Energy Star certification Walters Group breaks ground on eco-friendly Laurel Oaks Apartments


ARNEGAT, NJ — Wal- ters Homes has broken ground on Laurel Oaks,

affordable housing increases,” stated Ed Walters, Jr., presi- dent of the Walters Group. The environmentally friend- ly project will be built using green building methods and materials. The entire project is designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Energy Star certification. Located in southern Ocean County, the community will be pedestrian friendly and situ- ated near shopping and dining. In addition, the Garden State Parkway and Route 9 corridor pass through the township and provide access to Route 72. n

a new apartment community in Barnegat. The mid-rise multi- family project will feature 94 apartment homes in four build- ings. The income-restricted housing project is slated to open in the summer of 2013. Each unit will be equipped with Energy Star energy-ef- ficient appliances, including washer/dryer and dishwasher. “As more people enter the rental market, the need for Improving energy efficiency in data centers continued from page 19A equipped with a state-of-the-art Building Management System with direct digital controls for further efficiency. Consider Your Natural Environment Because a critical part of most data centers is seclusion and security, many are set back from the road with Mother Na- ture providing her own sense of security. So it’s important for property owners to preserve the natural habitat that make up a building’s surroundings. Convergence is located on a 67-acre site, which is con- sidered part of a natural wet- lands preserve that fosters the growth of sensitive plant and animal life. The storm water management system was de- signed to control storm water runoff by preventing flooding in the area, as well as, to promote water quality as it is recharged into the natural aquifer. While Convergence has a firm grasp on the future, it has deep historic roots as well. The site has a long history as home to some of the world’s leading corporations and even holds a place in the history books. Developed by International Telephone and Telegraph in the 1950s, the property’s first building housed the switch- ing equipment for the famous “Red Phone,” the hotline that provided secure communication between the White House and the Kremlin during the Cold War. Figuratively speaking, Convergence has gone from red to green and is issuing a new call: the push for energy efficiency. Michelle Berliner is VP and head of asset manage- ment for Brookfield Real Es- tate Opportunity Fund. n

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