The Navy has commissioned a $39.5 million, 2-level, 6 courtyard apartment community for about 420 Naval service members in Norfolk Naval Station. What’s most impressive is that the community will use environmentally friendly design and pursue LEED certification. Dubbed Market Style Apartments, the apartments were designed by VOA Associates, a Chicago-based firm with considerable LEED experience. In addition to the spacious courtyard areas, there will be 3 two-story lounge areas for social gatherings. Generally speaking, the design is part of an overall movement towards friendlier, welcoming military housing. In addition to using recycled materials in its construction, the apartments are expected to consume 20% less energy. There will be low-VOC paints, carpets + other indoor products and the fixtures will be chosen for water savings (low-flow fixtures, efficient shower heads, and automated water shut-offs). Construction begins in the Spring 2007 and finishes 2008-2009. Via MHN.