San Bernardino: Valencia Vista earns LEED Platinum Certification for Energy Efficiency, Environmental Design
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Valencia Vista at Arrowhead Grove, the first phase of a transformational public-private partnership in San Bernardino, has received LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.
Platinum is the highest designation under the council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program, underscoring the quality of design and construction that has gone into Valencia Vista by master developer National Community Renaissance (National CORE).
The announcement came as final preparations were being made for today’s grand opening of the 76-unit workforce housing community at Valencia Avenue and 9th Street.
“We’re proud to bring this state-of-the-art development to San Bernardino, and to serve as a catalyst for a citywide transformation,” said Steve PonTell, President and Chief Executive Officer of National CORE, one of the nation’s largest and most respected nonprofit community builders.
Since its founding more than two decades ago, National CORE has been nationally recognized for the quality and design of its communities. To qualify for LEED certification, developers must pass a rigorous set of design and building guidelines. Of those, only the best of the best achieve Platinum status.
LEED Platinum buildings are the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly structures around – carefully crafted, air sealed and insulated so heating and cooling systems can operate efficiently. Energy systems are sized correctly, and installation is verified to make sure they are running correctly. Water is conserved and managed. Indoor air quality is protected during construction and through day-to-day operations.
Valencia Vista represents the first phase of the Arrowhead Grove Neighborhood Revitalization effort, which calls for more than 400 housing units, community amenities, upgraded infrastructure and an integrated educational environment.
The redevelopment, to be phased in over the next several years, represents a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership with the City of San Bernardino to fill a pressing demand for high-quality multifamily housing while spurring economic growth citywide. Other partners include the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, The Clancy Co. and the Hope through Housing Foundation.
The unique public-private partnership was the subject of a recent video by the San Bernardino City Unified School District, which is exploring ways to more directly connect local schools to the redevelopment plan.
Financing for Arrowhead Grove is through a variety of private and public sources, including tax credit financing, federal HOME-Investment Partnership funds and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. If you would like to financially support this or other projects by National CORE and its social services partner, the Hope through Housing Foundation, please visit www.nationalcore.org.
ABOUT NATIONAL CORE
Rancho Cucamonga-based National Community Renaissance is one of the largest nonprofit developers of affordable housing, with nearly 9,000 units across four states. Over its 24-year history, National CORE has received national recognition for its innovation and meshing of high-quality, affordable housing with transformational social services provided by its strategic partner, Hope through Housing Foundation. For more on National CORE, please visit www.nationalcore.org.