Awards and Recognitions

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Awards and Recognitions

GLOBAL REAL ESTATE
SUSTAINABILITY BENCHMARK (GRESB)

Essex participated in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for the first time in 2016, earning a "Green Star" for its sustainability performance, the highest possible designation. Essex received strong scores in several aspects including risks and opportunities, monitoring and EMS, policy and disclosure, and performance indicators, all of which are well above the peer average. Essex also received high marks in management and stakeholder engagement, both of which are in line with the peer average.

U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL: LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (LEED)

Since 2009, Essex has developed six apartment communities that are LEED Certified, including two Gold and four Silver certifications, with three additional certifications currently pending. A nationally recognized program, LEED was established by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage the design of environmentally responsible buildings. LEED is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings worldwide.

BUILD IT GREEN:
GREENPOINT RATED

Essex has achieved GreenPoint Rated certifications on eight ground-up multifamily developments since 2010. GreenPoint Rated is the most trusted independent green home certification program in California, providing proof that a home is healthy, comfortable, durable, and resource efficient. The program is administered by Build It Green, a nonprofit with a mission to help professionals adopt green practices and grow the market for efficient, healthy homes.
Essex currently has two properties that have been certified under Built Green, an environmentally-friendly building program in Washington state. Created by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the program's mission is to promote green building methods and practices, and to enhance its communities through leadership in sustainable development.