NRHA Achieves First LEED Gold Structure in Norfolk

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LaRhesa Christmas

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Wed, 04/20/2011

The Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority achieved Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for its Grandy Village Learning Center. It is the first building in Norfolk to qualify for this LEED level, which is the nation’s preeminent program for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.


Grandy Village Learning Center















“This is another demonstration of NRHA setting the example,” said Shurl Montgomery, Chief Executive Officer

Opened in September 2010, the 15,000 square foot, $4.1 million GVLC is 30-40% more energy efficient than conventional buildings. The GVLC showcases state-of-the-art environmental design, wetlands reclamation as well as aquatic education and recreation on the Elizabeth River.

To achieve LEED Gold, NRHA and its partners concentrated on the following:
• preventing construction activity pollution and material waste through purchase of local and regional building materials and recycling;
• locating the building site near light rail for future transit-oriented development and providing reserved parking for fuel-efficient vehicles;
• maximizing natural light and utilizing lighting controls as well as solar and geothermal heating systems;
• installing water efficient landscaping plumbing fixtures; and
• establishing controls for indoor air quality and monitoring.


Ed Begley Jr.















Ed Begley Jr. congratulates Paul Cramer, NRHA Energy System Engineering Manager & Rusty Carlock, NRHA Senior Architect for achieving the first LEED Gold building in Norfolk for the Grandy Village Learning Center. Begley, a noted Hollywood star, is also one of the nation’s leading environmental advocates. 


During construction, approximately 70% of building materials were recycled. The building process also uses structural insulated panels, which are made by sandwiching a core of rigid foam insulation between two structural skins of oriented strand board and result in lower heating and cooling costs, as well as four inches of expanded foam in all exterior walls. Double-glazed low-E windows, which reduce heat loss but admit solar gain, and low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints were also utilized.

Grandy Village is a 44-acre assisted-rental property built in 1953 and undergoing a transformation to a quality mixed-income community with future market rental and homeownership opportunities. The GVLC is located at 2971 Kimball Loop.

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Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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