SOURCE: The Dinerstein Companies

Dinerstein Companies

March 16, 2010 09:09 ET

Dinerstein Companies to Set Green Building Firsts With LEED Apartments in TX, CA, & FL

The Houston-Based Apartment Developer Seeks LEED Silver & Gold Certification for New Upscale Multi-Family & Student Housing Apartments

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) -  The Dinerstein Companies, a top multi-family developer of luxury apartments, is seeking LEED® certification for new properties in California, Texas and Florida. Development of the luxury apartments and off-campus student housing, including UCF apartments for up to 1,500 college students, brings LEED firsts to multiple states and makes Dinerstein one of the largest green apartment builders in America.

In 2008 The Dinerstein Companies adopted green building standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Four apartment properties built to green LEED standards are now preleasing.

Sterling Collwood is a 264-unit student housing community near San Diego State University in California. LEED Gold is expected for these SDSU apartments.

"Sterling Collwood is the first privately-funded off-campus student housing apartment project to seek LEED Gold certification," said Don Brooks, Sustainable Design Manager and LEED AP. Brooks said Collwood is among "the greenest student housing projects in the nation."

Sterling Central at the University of Central Florida in Orlando will be the state's first student housing community to seek LEED Silver certification. The off-campus UCF apartments will also be the first project expedited through the City of Orlando's 'Orange to Green' program, said Brooks.

In addition to student housing, The Dinerstein Companies is developing The Millennium Warner Center. This four-story, 438-unit apartment community in Woodland Hills is "one of the largest green luxury apartment projects in California seeking LEED Silver certification," said Brooks. The Los Angeles luxury apartments will be the first LEED Silver certified luxury apartments in the San Fernando Valley, Brooks said.

Also under development is The Millennium Waterway Ave, the first apartments in The Woodlands, TX seeking LEED Silver certification and the greenest in the Houston area.

All four properties open this year.

About The Dinerstein Companies:

Founded in 1955, the Houston-based Dinerstein Companies is a full-service real estate and development company that has built and managed apartment communities in 27 states. Dinerstein is dedicated to creating healthier, cleaner, more sustainable homes and encourages building beyond green.