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LEED Neighborhood


The Right Environment to Work, Live, Learn and Play

The development of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter takes advantage of modern technologies to create amazing spaces—all while working within the guidelines for a LEED for Neighborhood Development.

And Just What Is LEED for Neighborhood Development?

It’s a system for rating and certifying green neighborhoods that builds on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) systems, the world’s best-known, third-party verification that a development meets high standards for environmental responsibility.

LEED for Neighborhood Development integrates the principles of new urbanism, green building and smart growth into the first national standard for neighborhood design, expanding LEED’s scope beyond individual buildings to a more holistic concern about the context of those buildings.

Green building practices can substantially reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts and improve existing unsustainable design, construction and operational practices.

The practices can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both the building and transportation sectors.

Innovation Quarter is proud to not only be LEED for Neighborhood Development, but that it used environmentally friendly standards in creating its signature building, the $100 million Biotech Place.

Going Green at Innovation Quarter

  • Biotech Place, once a manufacturing building and warehouse for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., was renovated using green building design, construction, operations and maintenance. For example, Biotech Place gained points for conserving energy through the a chill beam system, which uses just one-third the traditional amount of power to heat and cool a building and was certified as a LEED Gold building.
  • Projects at Innovation Quarter have included the use of 1.1 million recycled pounds of metal and 350,000 to 450,000 cobblestones over about 37,000 square feet.
  • Construction of green space in Bailey Park and a future linear trail.
  • Construction of a storm water retention facility.