US Navy Commissions Green Housing for Sailors

If you've ever spent any time in housing compounds on a US military base, you know that the homes occupied by soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are... well, let's say "functional." The Navy, however, is breaking that mold with the release of its plans for Market Style Apartments, a housing community for its Naval Station Norfolk in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The plans for the complex emphasize creating an "...outstanding quality of life standards for its seamen," and for contractor VOA Associates Inc., this means incorporating green features into the development:
The architects have specified building products made from recycled materials, and the project will register for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The design team is expecting a 20 percent energy reduction, utilizing insulated walls and windows. The community will be outfitted with low-flow fixtures, automated water shut-offs and efficient showerheads. In addition, the project is expected to meet the volatile organic compounds (VOC) limit for paints, sealants, carpets and other interior products.
To top it off, there's nothing "olive drab" about the atmosphere designers want to build: "To create a visually pleasing landscape, VOA designed six courtyards surrounded by the residences to conceive a townhouse-style aesthetic." Officers may find it difficult to coax sailors back onto their ships... ::Multi-Housing News via Jetson Green

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