You’re touring an apartment. The leasing professional emphasizes that the property is LEED Certified. You nod your head, and say, “Great,” semi-confused because you have no idea what that means. Well, we’ve got you covered.

Green is the new black when it comes to multi-family living. Apartments, including Valo DC, have been prioritizing sustainable features. However, many potential residents aren’t familiar with the terms used to explain those features. Allow us to break it down for you, starting with LEED Certified. 

LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.” It was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to implement feasible and accessible green building design. The focus is on energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality and the management of resources and awareness to their impacts. 

You can trust an apartment when they market this feature since not just any building can deem themselves LEED Certified. A third-party must verify if a building meets the standards. 


Here’s some of the considerations that go into determining a building’s level of sustainability:

  • Proximity and access to public transportation or car sharing services
  • Bike-friendliness – if a property has bicycle storage or pump stations
  • Light pollution reduction – for example, if a property turns off the lights at night
  • Rainwater management 
  • Water reduction strategies 
  • Energy performance standards 
  • Recycling program implemented 
  • Demolition and construction waste management plan 
  • New sustainable technologies or materials 
  • Was the building constructed to combat local environmental challenges 


VALO is proud to be LEED Silver Certified. Our sustainable features are our bicycle maintenance & storage room, proximity to Waterfront Metro Station, in-unit energy efficient appliances and more. 

Live where the good life meets the green life.

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