AMCC community shows off new, green houses

29 Mar 2012 | Cpl. Miranda Coleman

During a ribbon cutting ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune,  Actus Lend Lease and Atlantic Marine Corps Communities presented their newest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design community for staff noncommissioned officers and their families in the Watkins Grove housing area, March 29.

The community features 136 three and four-bedroom duplex and single-family homes boasting 1,667 to 2,024 square feet.

Construction commenced in 2011 with completion expected in the fall. New residents will be able to move into a new Watkins Grove home over the next several months as construction continues to progress throughout the community.

Not only is the housing area the newest aboard the base, it’s also the greenest.

All of the homes are LEED-certified, making them better for the environment.

A LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program. LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.

According to AMCC, “the benefits of building a LEED home include lower utility costs by utilizing dual flush toilets, energy efficient appliances, (compact fluorescent light) lighting, insulation and more.”

The new homes will also use recycled content material and provide better air quality for residents.

Col. Daniel J. Lecce, commanding officer of MCB Camp Lejeune, said building environmentally friendly houses is just one benefit of the new houses. The biggest benefit is giving families a nice place to live.

The new community for enlisted families is a major accomplishment for the Marine Corps and for Camp Lejeune, he added. 

 “Lend Lease and Atlantic Marine Corps Communities’ mission is to take care of our families in family housing, so the Marines and sailors have nothing to worry about while overseas or preparing for their mission,” said Lecce. “Thank you for allowing our Marines and sailors the opportunity to live in quality housing.”

The new neighborhood is part of one of the largest green building projects in the country when coupled with other similar communities being built at other nearby installations.

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