WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WashREIT (NYSE: WRE) announced today that it has issued its Green Bond Allocation Report, outlining the full allocation of net proceeds of its $350 million inaugural green bond offering, which closed on December 17, 2020.
WashREIT has allocated net proceeds of $347 million to finance and refinance third party verified green building projects. The majority of the proceeds were allocated to multifamily communities that achieved BREEAM In-Use Very Good certifications, which represents the top 25% of BREEAM certified assets. The remaining proceeds were allocated to Trove, WashREIT’s first ground-up multifamily development, which achieved LEED Silver certification for design and construction from the U.S Green Building Council.
Beyond the achievement of the certifications necessary to fulfill the Green Bond Allocation requirements, WashREIT obtained, or is in process of obtaining, BREEAM certifications for the Assembly portfolio, underlying the company’s commitment to improving the environmental performance of all newly acquired communities.
“We’re proud to receive these green building certifications, as they represent substantial sustainability advancement in the Class B multifamily space. As we continue our portfolio transformation, this achievement showcases our commitment to bring all of our properties, including both new acquisitions and new developments, up to WashREIT’s standard for delivering superior efficiency and sustainability performance for our residents,” said Matt Praske, Director of Energy and Sustainability at WashREIT.
Management’s assertion on the full allocation of the net proceeds to Eligible Green Projects and the Report of Independent Accountants, can be found in the Green Bond Allocation Report, which is available at ir.washreit.com.
Further information on WashREIT’s ESG priorities is provided in our 2021 ESG Report, available at ir.washreit.com, including the announcement of our commitment to achieve net zero carbon operations by 2050.
WashREIT owns approximately 7,300 residential apartment homes in the Washington, DC metro and the Southeast. WashREIT also owns and operates approximately 300,000 square feet of commercial space in the Washington, DC metro region. We are focused on providing quality housing to under-served, middle-income renters in submarkets that we believe are poised for strong, sustained demand. With a proven track record in residential repositioning, we are utilizing the experience and research from the Washington, DC metro region to continue to grow as we geographically diversify into Southeastern markets.
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