LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design


Completed in June 2011, the CMHA Administrative Campus is a LEED Silver Certified building, which transformed a brownfield site in Cleveland’s Kinsman Neighborhood into a thriving office complex featuring:

CMHA Administrative Campus
  • 1.1 Megawatt Solar Panel Field
  • Stormwater Management Features
  • Green Space
  • Bike Racks and Locker Rooms
  • Low-/No-VOC Materials
  • Energy Saving Materials and Appliances
  • Low-Emission Vehicle Priority Parking
  • Recycled Materials
  • Native Plant Landscaping
  • Water and Energy Saving Fixtures
  • Energy Performance Optimization
  • Construction Waste Management
  • Light Pollution Reduction


Phase I: This 60-unit apartment building will be LEED Silver Certified, featuring:

  • High efficiency CFL and LED lighting fixtures
  • Insulation upgrades to building exterior
  • Energy efficient windows
  • High efficiency heating and cooling units
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Low-flow toilets (0.8 gallons/flush)
  • Low-flow showerheads (1.5 gallons/minute)

Phase II: LEED for Neighborhood Development

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Heritage View Homes

As part of President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), in 2009, HUD released competitive funds to housing authorities to create energy efficient, green communities. CMHA was awarded $17.6 million for Heritage View Redevelopment Phase III.

This phase of the development consisted of 46 semi-attached townhomes and 23 single family homes and included the following green elements:

Heritage View Homes
  • Energy Star building envelope insulation
  • Compact, walkable site
  • Solar photovoltaic panels on the single family homes
  • Stormwater management
  • Permeable concrete
  • Bio-retention swales
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Energy efficient lighting fixtures
  • Efficient and low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Native and drought resistant landscaping
  • Light colored pavement to reduce the urban heat-island effect
  • Energy Star roofing
  • Low-/No-VOC paint and sealant
  • Construction waste management/use of recycled content
  • Nearby access to public transportation
  • Green Communities Certified

Green Communities

CMHA follows Enterprise Green Communities Criteria to ensure all of its new projects are healthy, efficient, and sustainable

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