Green Building/LEED

With an eye to the future, Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. strives to incorporate the latest in resource-conserving building practices, while maintaining the old-school quality construction we have become known for.


Currently under construction is the Mason-Williams, which is striving for a LEED Gold certification, and most recently, we constructed The Albert mixed-use building, achieving LEED Gold certification to foster a sustainable legacy. For instance, the Albert’s solar energy panels help supply 50% of the residential hot water demand in addition to generating nearly 20% of the structure’s annual common area electricity. Read on to see the many ways we thoroughly addressed sustainability for The Albert.

Site Sustainability

Located on N. Williams Avenue, the Albert's design is indeed progressive as one Portland's mixed use, urban infill projects. For instance, the on-site storm water management system uses infiltration swales and dry wells to handle 100% of its storm water.

You'll also find a dedicated on-site car share parking space, four on-site electric vehicle-charging stations, an automated parking system and a ton of bike storage. Residents have the advantage of using Portland's bike corridors and easy access to public transit, too.

Water Efficiency

Potable water usage at The Albert is expected to be reduced by 35% over a baseline case for buildings of similar size and use. Low-flow/ultra low-flow plumbing fixtures and high efficiency irrigation systems will enable responsible water use on a regular basis.

Energy Efficiency

The Albert could be one of the most energy-efficient places to call home with its estimated 31% annual energy savings over a baseline case for buildings of similar size and use. It includes 48 rooftop-mounted solar hot water panels for pre-heated and recirculating hot water. These panels are projected to generate 50% of the building's annual residential energy needs for hot water. Also, a 29.6 kW rooftop solar PV array generates approximately 20% of building's common area energy through its photovoltaic system.

Numerous energy savers at The Albert save everyone money while adding comfort. The low-flow fixtures reduce the amount of energy required for hot water uses. Occupancy sensors in some public areas help minimize lighting energy use. In addition, high-performance Pella Fiberglass frame windows minimize heat loss in the winter and reduce radiant heat gain in the summer.

This well-insulated building includes a rain screen system that also helps create a better indoor living environment. Design considerations such as efficient exterior lighting also minimizes negative effect of light pollution. A light colored and highly reflective roof surface mitigates urban heat island effect and provides a cooling benefit. Energy Star® appliances are installed throughout as well as programmable thermostats for all regularly occupied spaces.

Resource Efficiency

Throughout construction of The Albert, an aggressive waste management plan was followed. Specified materials with high-recycled content were used as well as FSC-certified wood, ensuring a sustainable wood source from well-managed forests. Residents have a convenient recycling and sorting facility, too.

Indoor Environmental Quality

At The Albert, you can enjoy healthier air, both inside and out. We have a strict no-smoking policy throughout the building and to further reduce airborne allergens, we do not allow pets. During construction, crews followed specific guidelines to contain dust and prevent contamination of installed systems and screen system to reduce moisture related issues thus providing a healthier living space for years to come.