Iowa to Receive NGBS Green Certification (Silver)
Posted on: March 18, 2022
District 42 multifamily housing complex located in Sioux City, IA and built by Eagle Construction and developed by Eagle Construction. The project is the first in the state of Iowa to receive the National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) Green Certification – Silver. The certification was awarded by Home Innovation Research Labs, a full-service market research, consulting, product testing, and accredited third-party certification agency dedicated solely to issues related to the home building industry.
NGBS is the preeminent residential green building rating system. It sets green baselines for all new residential construction, development, and remodeling projects. These building practices, when utilized in construction and development, improve the living environment for residents and reduce the project’s environmental impacts.
The NGBS Green certification comes less than a year after opening in Sioux City, IA. District 42 features a total of 215 units between studios, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments as well as 2- and 3-bedroom townhomes. Property amenities include outdoor pool, dog park, community building, fitness center, package room, and on-site management.
Several factors were taken into consideration to qualify for the NGBS Green Certification, including site location (close to services and multi-modal transportation, pedestrian-friendly walkways), use of local, non-invasive, plants for landscaping, sediment and erosion controls installed on lot, energy efficient construction, the use of sustainable construction materials to limit waste, the use of efficient lighting fixtures, and much more.
Just like most urban areas in the region, Sioux City is growing. However, the housing production hasn’t kept up with workforce growth, and in recent years, Sioux City has needed some help. District 42 is located in one of the fastest growing sections of Sioux City in the Sunnybrook development. Residents of District 42 are nestled within a large commercial and residential area with easy access to healthcare, shopping and restaurants.
The ribbon cutting for District 42 was also an eye-opener. Governor Kim Reynolds was in attendance for the event on August 3, 2021. Funding for District 42 came in large part through an Iowa program called the Workforce Housing Tax Credit. The program reflects the priority the state and community of Sioux City are putting on growth of new workforce housing. “Growing our workforce and bringing more people to the state is a top priority right now in economic development and certainly is for us here in Sioux City,” Dougherty said. “We used to say that economic growth will drive your housing, but these days we understand that in order to attract the workforce, it’s just not going to happen without quality housing options. Certainly District 42 is a quality development that we are thrilled with and very excited about.”