Nance Place awarded platinum LEED certification

Nance Place, the Rolling Mill Hill apartment building that combines a contemporary and slightly industrial design aesthetic, has become the first multi-family development project in Tennessee to achieve platinum LEED designation.

Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Executive Director Phil Ryan announced the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded its highest level, Platinum certification, to the building, located at 8 Academy Place.

“We’re extremely proud of Nance Place,” Ryan said in a release. “It’s a beautiful and energy efficient apartment community in downtown Nashville priced for people starting careers or perhaps winding down a career. Freeman Webb’s leasing efforts went very well and the property truly serves our moderate income downtown workforce.”

Environmental programs initiated by Mayor Karl Dean include the Nashville Energy Works program, which provides incentives for Nashville homeowners who undergo energy use evaluations, and an Open Space Master Plan, which calls for the acquisition and preservation of 22,000 acres of undeveloped land by 2035.

Nance Place is one of a number of development projects, both historic renovations or new construction, either complete or currently under construction in the Rolling Mill Hill neighborhood.

The building — targeting renters earning 60 percent or less of the area median income — features apartments with environmentally friendly carpet, flooring, tile and wood cabinets built with recycled content. Each unit also features Energy Star-rated appliances and energy efficient lighting. The building also features a white “cool roof” that reduces heat transfer into the building during the high temperature summer months and an interior courtyard with an innovative rainwater collection and treatment system featuring drought-resistant plants and limited irrigation.

Moody·Nolan Architects and Dryden Abernathy Architecture and Design collaborated on the design of Nance Place. The contractor for the project was Bomar Construction of Nashville. The company was able to recycle more than 80 percent of all construction waste.