The questions to ask when you’re looking for an eco-friendly apartment

The Highline at Union Market apartment building is LEED Silver. Ask your building's management for specific certifications and benchmarks to assess its energy efficiency and other positive environmental practices. (W5 Group)

This piece was written by Robert Pinnegar and was originally published by The Washington Post on July 6, 2020.

Sustainability has emerged as one of the fastest-growing desired housing features.

From 2008 to 2018, the rise in apartments that are LEED-certified—a designation that recognizes buildings designed to be more sustainable—grew by almost 300%. In 2018, there were 382,200 units across the country that met this qualification, and Washington was among the top three cities in the number of sustainable apartments, according to research based on Yardi Matrix data.

Many residents may seek apartments with this certification to make a difference for the environment, to improve energy efficiency and air quality, to have certain designs or features or to emphasize personal wellness.

Here are a few things to consider in a search for sustainable apartment living:

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