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ARLINGTON, VA. — The new Reed-Westover Facility, a joint project between Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington County Government, has been awarded Gold Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The joint facility includes the Reed School which houses the district’s teen parenting program and the Children’s School and Integration Station, a countywide preschool program, and the Arlington Public Library’s new Westover Branch. The facility was completed and dedicated in October 2009.

Let’s review what LEED certification means:

LEED, a national benchmark

The LEED rating system was designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings. The rating system, the national benchmark for the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green buildings, is divided into five categories including; water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. There is also a category on innovation and design process.

Buildings receive points for each of the LEED rating system categories. A building needs at least 39 points to achieve a Gold rating.  The Reed Westover facility received 40 points from the USGBC, using the following strategies:

  • Low-emitting paints, adhesives, sealants and carpet used for better air quality
  • Utilization of a green housekeeping program
  • Conveniently located bike racks
  • Facility located within 1/4 mile of four public bus lines and approximately a mile from the Falls Church Metro station
  • Landscaping not requiring permanent irrigation
  • Thermal comfort verification
  • Use of  waterless urinals, dual flush toilets and low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Highly efficient lighting to reduce electrical consumption
  • Showers for bicycle commuters in the school and library
  • A large glass wall façade of the Library’s Children’s Reading Room maximizes day-lighting to save energy and supports student’s well-being by providing views to the outdoors

Have you seen this library?  It’s amazing.  I will admit that I was not keen on them tearing down the old library where my children spent countless hours and attended so many summer reading challenge events (sentimental me), but this new structure is beautiful and the light that streams in is just magnificent.  Plus they have a large DVD collection for rent 🙂

Kudos to us!

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One of the reasons I entered real estate is that I really love where I live. Northern Virginia, and my home town of Arlington, is awesome. There really is something for everyone. If convenience is important to you, welcome to my home town. For both the young and old, Arlington rocks!

Ayres is located in the Westover area of Arlington. But that’s not all that is conveniently accessible to you if you live near Westover. You also have access to a branch of the county library, complete with storytime for the youngsters and a full selection of DVDs that you can rent for a week.

And there are some terrific restaurants nearby — The Lost Dog, the Stray Cat, and my personal favorite, the Lebanese Taverna. All within walking distance of the homes in the Westover neighborhood.

Most homes in this area were built in 1940, and they tend to be small 3 bedroom/2 bath colonials. Three Westover homes are currently on the market, at an average list price of $606,667. This one, for example, is on the market for $549,900:

If you’re looking for a home in the Westover neighborhood of Arlington, you can do that here. If you’re thinking of selling a home in this neighborhood, you can check out some of my selling tips here.

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