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Home Properties' 1200 East West Awarded LEED® Gold Certification

       Home Properties' 1200 East West Awarded LEED® Gold Certification

PR Newswire

VIENNA, Va., Nov. 8, 2012

VIENNA, Va., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Home Properties, Inc. (NYSE: HME)
today announced one of its newest apartment communities, 1200 East West, was
awarded LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
during a ceremony and plaque presentation at the Silver Spring, Maryland
property yesterday. 1200 East West is the first newly constructed apartment
community to have earned this distinction in Montgomery County, Maryland. LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation's preeminent
program for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green
buildings.

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"Home Properties is thrilled to have earned LEED Gold certification from
USGBC," said DonaldHague, Home Properties' Senior Vice President,
Development. "It is a goal we began working toward when we broke ground for
this community. To see our corporate commitment to sustainable design and
green construction recognized as a true 'gold standard' is incredibly
rewarding to our development team."

1200 East West, a smoke-free community, was designed to support the
environment by offering energy-efficient heating, air conditioning, lighting,
windows, appliances, and recycling opportunities, and to enhance the comfort
of its residents through indoor air quality measures, control of lighting,
heating and cooling systems, as well as maximization of natural light and
views. Because of its close proximity to Silver Spring employment, shopping,
and entertainment; bus lines; the Metro; and with ample bike storage on site,
residents may even choose to live car-free – further reducing automobile
traffic and environmentally unfriendly fuel emissions. For those residents
needing a car, 1200 East West provides a ride-share board and is a zip car
location.

Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems,
comprising over 8billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states
and 114 countries. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money
for residents, businesses, and taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and
contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers, and the
community-at-large.

"Home Properties' LEED Gold certification demonstrates tremendous green
building leadership," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair,
U.S. Green Building Council. "The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged
the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Home
Properties serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish."

"Any new construction that further sustains our environment is important to
Home Properties," noted Hague. "Green construction is an investment in the
future of our communities – and the lives of our residents."

For more information about 1200 East West, visit the website at
1200EastWest.com.

Home Properties is a publicly traded multifamily real estate investment trust
(REIT) that owns, operates, develops, acquires and rehabilitates apartment
communities primarily in selected Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets. An S&P
400 Company, Home Properties owns and operates 124 communities containing
43,489 apartment units. For more information, visit HomeProperties' website
at www.homeproperties.com.

SOURCE Home Properties, Inc.

Website: http://www.homeproperties.com
Contact: Charis W. Warshof, Vice President, Investor Relations,
+1-585-295-4237
 
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