The grass isn’t the only thing that’s green.

The Yards at 3 Crossings has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. LEED is an international green building standard that the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) uses to evaluate and certify the accomplishments of sustainable building projects.

LEED awards project credits in the following seven areas


  • The Yards site is landscaped with native plant species and meadow to provide occupants with bio-diverse exterior natural spaces connected to the river walk and bike path.
  • The Yards is bike friendly with bike storage and maintenance facilities that have easy access to bike paths.
  • Shopping, restaurants, entertainment and services are adjacent and walkable.
  • Alternative transportation provisions include convenient access to car share service and bus lines.
  • The Yards was developed on a former industrial site that was a truck yard, so it does not contribute to urban sprawl, take away farmland or endangered species habitat.
  • The Yards green roof helps minimize stormwater volume and acts as a natural filter to improve runoff quality


  • Water-conserving fixtures were used in baths, kitchens and common facilities resulting in water use reduction of 30% less than typical residential plumbing fixtures.
  • Drought-resistant landscaping and highly efficient landscape watering systems reduce landscape water use by over 50%.

Energy and

  • Covered parking and a reflective white roof minimizes heat gain to the building and adjacent urban environment, which helps save on utility costs.
  • Energy Star appliances and high-efficiency lighting were specified in the units and common areas to minimize the use of natural resources and reduce energy bills.
  • The Yards building construction and HVAC systems are energy efficient resulting in energy cost savings of more than 15% over typical residential construction.
  • 360 Prism bi-facial solar panels (100kW) on the roof provide renewable energy to the grid.
  • The green roof minimizes heat island effects and reduces the amount of air conditioning needed to cool the building.
  • Priority parking for energy-efficient vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations are offered in the garage to reduce fossil fuel impacts.

Materials and

  • The Yards at 3 Crossings was constructed with sustainable building materials that maximized the use of high recycled content and locally produced materials.
  • Over 85% of construction waste was recycled instead of put in a landfill.
  • Separate recycling and trash chutes are conveniently provided on each floor for residents.


  • The Yards is a 100% no-smoking facility.
  • Programmable thermostats help save on energy costs and allow residents to adjust the temperature to meet their comfort.
  • Dimmer switches allow users to adjust the lighting to their preferred levels.
  • Low VOC paints, adhesives, sealants and flooring were used to reduce allergens and irritants in the air.
  • Composite wood products including doors, cabinets and plywood have no added urea-formaldehyde, further assuring healthy indoor air.
  • Construction was governed by an indoor air quality management plan that minimized construction-related contamination of building systems and spaces.
  • Daylighting and views are maximized to provide occupant connectivity to outside.
  • Pets are restricted on certain floors to reduce allergens for sensitive residents.

Innovation in

  • The Yards has been awarded LEED credits for exemplary design of views to the outside from interior spaces and alternative transportation planning, and exceeding exterior open space design requirements.

  • Integrated pest management at The Yards uses non-toxic methods to prevent pests, minimizing the amount and types of chemicals needed. This reduces exposure to harmful pesticides for our residents and their pets.


  • On-site renewable energy systems have been utilized to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with fossil fuel energy use.
  • Our stormwater management plan limits disruption and pollution of natural water flows by managing stormwater runoff.
  • Roofing materials used at The Yards reduce heat islands to minimize impacts on microclimates and human and wildlife habitats.