Green Building

As communities wrestle with how best to foster sustainable growth, Biltmore Park Town Square might become the model to which they look.  This groundbreaking project was chosen to participate in the LEED-ND Program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Neighborhood Development), a pilot program that studies how developments can reduce sprawl, encourage healthy living, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on automobiles. Some of the sustainable features of our walkable community include:

  • By creating a high-density, vertically integrated town center — in other words, by building up and in — Town Square uses 25 fewer acres of land than comparable developments.
  • By containing a wide range of uses, the town center encourages walking and reduces the need to drive long distances to accomplish daily errands. Bus stops, subsidized bus passes for employees, and extensive bike racks also promote alternate transportation. It is estimated that this diversity of uses will reduce car dependency by 11.7%.
  • Underpinning the project are significant investments in stormwater and erosion control. We have conserved wetlands through conservation easements.
  • A number of built-in features — from low-flow plumbing fixtures to sustainable landscape practices — reduce Biltmore Park Town Square’s water usage by 20 to 30%.
  • We recycled over 50% of the construction waste throughout the building of this project and require commercial tenants and restaurants to participate in a recycling program. We have also reused mulch and rock onsite.
  • Concrete on parking decks and reflective white roofs reduce the urban heat island effect. A shared parking environment has allowed the project to reduce impervious surface areas by 23%.
  • Several buildings within Town Square have green features incorporated into their design to achieve LEED-ND certification. One example is the 165-room Hilton Asheville, which received a LEED Silver Certification and is one of the first hotels in the nation to use a large-scale solar water heating system.  It is estimated that this feature alone will save about $10,000 a year in fossil fuel costs. Another example is our LEED Gold Certified office building, 28 Schenck Parkway, that utilizes FSC wood, low to no-VOC products and a progressive design and operations system to minimize energy use through submetering and CO2 sensors.