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Student housing at Northeastern University receives LEED Platinum rating

Jan. 20, 2021
Lightview, a 825-bed public-private development in Boston, opened in 2019.

LightView, a student housing community at Northeastern University in Boston, has received LEED Platinum certification for its environmentally friendly design and construction.

The 310,000-square-foot space, which opened in 2019, is the first private student housing facility to receive a Platinum rating, the highest level of green certification awarded by the U.S. Green Buildings Council, according to a news release from American Campus Communities, which developed the facility in partnership with Northeastern University.

LightView was designed to maximize residents’ health and well-being while minimizing the use of water, energy and other natural resources. The 825-bed, 20-story community has strategically placed intact air-barriers that separate each dwelling, ensuring better energy efficiency, air-quality, comfort and sound-attenuation.

Building materials were also selected for environmental purposes to limit the impact associated with greenhouse gas emissions, including locally sourced materials that were high in recycled content. Other green features include:

  • high-efficacy LED lighting
  • high-efficiency, low-water laundry
  • low-flow shower heads, lavatory faucets and toilets
  • drought-tolerant plantings
Lightview also marked a key milestone for the “Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030” initiative, which aims to improve the quality and quantity of student housing in Boston.

About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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