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Carriage Farm Achieves U.S. Green Building Council
LEED Silver Rating
Hillsborough, New Jersey – April 25, 2007 – A new 12,000 sf office building located in
the Carriage Farm Business Community development has been awarded a Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver Certification by the United States
Green Building Council (USGBC). The Carriage Farm project is Somerset County’s first
commercial office building and the 17th building in the State to earn this recognition for
energy and environmental design excellence under the USGBC’s LEED New
Construction (LEED-NC) standard.
“Carriage Farm is committed to environmental responsibility and sustainable
development,” said Sue Clerico, a principal of Carriage Farm LLC and the LEED
Accredited Professional for the project. “We are proud to receive the LEED-NC Silver
certification – it is quite an honor and affirms our efforts to create a healthy work place,
conserve natural resources and reduce energy costs.”
The LEED™ Green Building Rating Systems is a voluntary, consensus-based national
standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Projects are evaluated
within six environmental categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and
Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Innovation
credits are awarded to projects that demonstrate exceptional performance in these
categories or implement creative design strategies not addressed in the LEED standards.
“Achieving a high level of energy efficiency was key in the building’s design”, said Ed
Clerico, Project Manager and a principal of Carriage Farm LLC. The installation of a
geothermal heat pump system to provide heating and cooling for the building combined
with two 9.8 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems, low E-glazing on all windows
and extensive use of low energy T-5 fluorescent light bulbs throughout the building
resulted in a 51% energy cost savings.
Recycled and sustainable materials were used in the building’s construction with over
40% of the products obtained locally. The implementation of an aggressive construction
waste management plan resulted in 140 tons of waste diverted from landfills, and water
use in the building has been reduced by 23% through the use of low-flow fixtures.
In addition to creating an energy and resource-efficient building, Carriage Farm
incorporated numerous sustainable design elements. “It was important to reduce the site
disturbance as much as possible during construction and maintain open space”, said Mr.
Clerico. The site design devoted 87% of the land area to open space and incorporates an
organic farming operation that received a LEED Innovation Credit. The landscape
design uses native and drought-tolerant plants that do not require irrigation further
reducing water consumption, and a rain garden constructed to improve the quality of
storm water run-off also provides habitat for wildlife.
“As a company dedicated to developing sustainable, environmentally-conscious projects,
it is very exciting to be a tenant in a ‘green building.” said Tim Davies, CEO of Applied
Water Management. “There are very few places where you can work and see animals
grazing in a pasture outside your window instead of contrived landscapes and a sea of
parking,” he continued. Applied Water Management has pioneered a number of green
initiatives involving water reuse, including the Solaire, a high-rise apartment in New
York’s Battery Park City.
“The Carriage Farm project is a prime example of how development can both protect the
environment and still promote business in the Township. Hillsborough is yet again
taking the lead by supporting environmentally sensitive projects such as Carriage Farm,”
stated the Township’s Mayor, Anthony Ferrera.
For additional information about Carriage Farm’s sustainable practice or to inquire about
office space for lease, please contact Sue Clerico @ (908) 359-5129 or