EdR develops and manages cutting‐edge student housing communities that meet the academic goals of partner universities while providing the ecofriendly accommodations and amenities that today’s students require. EdR views green design and building as both a responsibility and an opportunity.
Our experience has shown that, when properly designed and executed, sustainable practices and features make long‐term economic sense for all stakeholders. For both philosophical and practical reasons, EdR is committed to creating sustainable collegiate housing facilities and is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
EdR has worked in recent years with a number of partner universities in regard to environmentally sensitive housing, and is a nationally recognized leader in developing and operating sustainable campus communities. Along with considering sustainability at newly developed properties, EdR has converted 50+ currently owned and managed properties through upgrades and renovations to the Energy Star program, with some properties Energy Star‐rated. Additionally, several communities operate recycling and water conservation programs.
In the last several years alone, EdR has developed 21,893 beds in green buildings with construction values exceeding $1.4 billion. Among these, more than 7,000 are heated and cooled using geothermal systems. One of these projects, at California University of Pennsylvania, was the only campus residence recognized in Green Community in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., as an example of using geothermal technology to harness energy. Green Community was a year‐long exhibition within the Sustainable Communities Around the World exhibit.
This property also received awards from the Western Pennsylvania Association of Builders and Contractors.
The operational savings achieved in all of these sustainable housing facilities has been dramatic, with utility savings of 20% to 30% over traditional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The geothermal projects have achieved an additional 20% savings over new high‐efficiency water source heat pump systems and 25% over new four‐pipe systems. Although geothermal adds significant front‐end costs to the HVAC system, the payback due to reduced operating costs for geothermal is now five to seven years.
Focus on Long‐Term Quality: EdR is not a “merchant builder” looking to collect a fee and move on to the next project. Instead, EdR is a dedicated collegiate housing company with decades of development, management and residence life experience and success. Our long-term outlook means we are committed to creating a quality housing community that will serve clients for decades to come.
Our goal is to form a true public/private partnership with each university. Through a cooperative and collaborative effort we want to create a facility that both the university and EdR will be proud of for the long‐term. That is the key to our long‐term success.