Top 5 LEED Gold Projects in Washington DC – Jair Lynch Takes #3 Spot

A selection of noteworthy communities that recently earned certification in the nation’s capital.

The world’s first LEED Platinum City, a designation received by Washington, D.C., in 2017, maintained its position among the highest-ranking markets in the U.S. in sustainability-focused practices. Sustainability, green building and social equity are high on the administration’s priority list, as the District of Columbia aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

The District also leads in gross square footage of LEED-certified spaces per capita. Last year, in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Top 10 States for LEED list, D.C. had more than 39 square feet per capita and more than 23 million total square feet certified. The first half of 2021 expanded that total by another 4 million square feet of office space, and the multifamily sector had another 17 communities awarded the LEED certification at various levels.

In the list below, we’re highlighting the top 5 LEED Gold certified projects during the first three quarters of 2021, based on data provided by the USGBC. The ranking is based on the number of units, from highest to lowest.

Project NameNumber of UnitsRating SystemAddressDate CertifiedCertification Level
Watermark at Buzzard Point453LEED-NC v20091900 Half Street SW2/9/2021Gold
One501327LEED-NC v20091501 Harry Thomas Way NE9/29/2021Gold
The Kelvin312LEED-HOMES MR v20101250 Half Street SE9/7/2021Gold
555194LEED-NC v2009555 E Street SW2/8/2021Gold
Blackbird167LEED-NC v20091401 Pennsylvania Avenue SE2/9/2021Gold

3. The Kelvin

The Kelvin

The property at 1250 Half St. Southeast has 312 units and 60,000 square feet of retail space. It is co-owned by Jair Lynch Development Partners and MacFarlane Partners and, according to Yardi Matrix, it currently has an undisclosed loan drew by Jair Lynch Development Partners in 2016 from a $107.2 million construction line of credit funded by Pacific Coast Capital Partners. The LEED Gold certification was awarded in September with a scorecard of 66 points. In addition, it also holds an Energy Star certification.

Notable green features include electric heat and hot water, electric vehicle charging station, bike storage, a recycling program and walking and biking trails. Not exactly a green amenity, but a unique amenity is the rooftop pool overlooking the Nationals Stadium.

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