Green Building Education
With an extreme focus in leadership and environmental design, Ovation has achieved LEED Silver through multiple strategies for transportation, energy savings, reducing water use, and improving indoor air quality.
Location and Transportation
Ovation offers outstanding access to a wide range of quality transportation modalities. The site is situated across the street from a future Madison Bus Rapid Transit stop, scheduled to open in 2024, with busses arriving every six minutes during peak hours. By car, the community offers easy access to North and Southbound lanes of Interstate-5 and is a short distance from major employment centers including South Lake Union and the traditional downtown business district. Ovation provides a market leading allocation of 44 Electric Vehicle parking stalls and is provisioned to receive an additional 66 chargers for a potential of 110 total stalls. Additionally, there is secure long-term storage for 185 bikes.
Landscaping and Sites
The community provides pedestrian-oriented open space in the form of a privately built and maintained open-air public access plaza. This plaza, located at the corner of Hubbell and Seneca to the West of the Town Hall Association, acts as a continuation of the historic Freeway Park across the street. The general public is free to enter the plaza which is equipped with a number of bioretention planters and drought-tolerant landscape.
The community achieved a 51% reduction in outdoor water use by selecting native, drought-tolerant plants and the use of low-flow irrigation systems. Ovation boasts indoor potable water use savings of 38% by using high-efficiency water fixtures and fittings within the apartment homes, amenity spaces, and restrooms.
A 31% energy cost savings was achieved via a high-efficiency mechanical and HVAC system with a high-performance building envelope and rigorous testing to ensure compliance. Ovation features all LED lighting throughout all homes and common areas.
Material and Resources
In building Ovation, over 95% of construction waste was diverted from landfills. Building materials prioritized the selection of products with third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and material ingredient labels such as Health Product Declarations (HPDs), Declare label and Cradle to Cradle certification. Ovation achieved responsible sourcing and extraction criteria of over 15% of building materials by cost. This was achieved by procurement of bio-based, recycled, FSC-certified, or local based materials.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Products found within the community such as paint, sealants, flooring, and insulation were specifically selected for their low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitting properties to optimize indoor air quality. With floor to ceiling windows, Ovation was also designed to maximize the amount of daylight within the apartment homes and to take advantage of outstanding views of Mount Rainier, the Cascade Mountains, Lake Union, and the city’s skyline.