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Sustainable Building Solutions’ Project, The 2100 Urban Residences, Wins 2019 USGBC Leadership Award for Innovative Project, Residential


The United State Green Building Council (USGBC) – Wisconsin recently held their annual Transformation Awards that recognizes individuals, groups and organizations championing sustainable practices and driving market transformation within Wisconsin’s built environment.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), recent project The 2100 Urban Residences was given an award of merit in the Innovative Residences category.

The 2100 is an outstanding example of an innovative mid-rise residential project. It is one of only three market-rate apartment projects in Metro Milwaukee to have received LEED certification and is the first such suburban project. It is noteworthy that The 2100 involved adaptive re-use of a difficult in-fill site in a pioneering location for a multifamily.

The 2100 brought a comprehensive team together to make it a success. Contributions were made by the City of Wauwatosa, neighbors from the immediate area, the architect (AG Architecture), the general contractor (Altius Building Company), the financing team (Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC and HUD), Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District, E3 Group, Sustainable Building Solutions, TJH Energy Consulting and the developers.

The building was LEED BD+C Homes Certified Gold and Phil Vetterkind, Director of Sustainable Building Solutions, served as LEED Coordinator and consultant on the project. Phil has been a consultant on all three of the market-rate apartment projects in the area.

About Sustainable Building Solutions™
Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) is a green construction advisory firm that works directly for building owners, architects and general contractors to identify and implement project specific sustainability goals including USGBC LEED and Energy Star certifications. Phil Vetterkind, Director / LEED AP O+M is committed to the environment and to providing owners with real cost saving recommendations to ensure that projects reduce energy use and operational expenses while meeting high quality standards and minimizing their impact on the environment. SBS has successfully guided over 40 projects through USGBC LEED certifications and has benchmarked over 30 commercial buildings for Energy Star and has certified over a dozen. SBS has proven time and again that pursuing LEED certification adds real value and is much more than just a plaque on the wall.

About USGBC Wisconsin
USGBC Wisconsin is working to make healthy, sustainable buildings a reality for the people of the Wisconsin within a generation. Their members, volunteer working groups, and Market Leadership Advisory Board (MLAB) are diverse groups of individuals that are passionate about green buildings and sustainable design. Their mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling a socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life, and we work toward our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As part of a large network helping advance sustainable places to live and work nationwide, we help fulfill USGBC’s mission in Wisconsin and USGBC’s West North Central Region by providing education and opportunities to volunteer and network.