Environment

Louisville Metro Housing Authority is one of 11 recipients nationally of a grant to pursue green building certification for an entire neighborhood.

The agency will get $31,000 to put towards getting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification for Sheppard Square. The neighborhood is still under construction, but when it’s finished, it’ll be one of the city’s HOPE VI sites, with mixed-income housing. 

Metro Housing Authority Executive Director Tim Barry said energy efficient elements have been part of the planning and construction of Sheppard Square since its inception.

“Sheppard Square, for lack of a better word, is super, super green,” he said. “We’ve already employed a bunch of green initiatives and green building techniques and water retention and Energy Star appliances and energy efficient construction and recycling of demolition materials and on and on and on, to advance the purposes of the LEED neighborhood.”

Usually, LEED certification is associated with a building. But the U.S. Green Building Council began awarding the certification for entire neighborhoods several years ago. The designation takes building features into account, but also looks at land use design, transportation and other neighborhood-wide factors.

Barry said the process isn’t cheap.

“The application itself can run as much as $50,000, so the $31,000 grant will go a long way to helping us pursue the LEED certification,” he said.

Sheppard Square is scheduled to be finished next year.