LEED Platinum Goes To Stylish Townhomes

Ultra-green San Francisco has a new ultra-green development project in the Belles Townhomes, the only newly-constructed residential buildings in the Presidio area and the first multifamily homes in San Francisco to receive LEED Platinum certification.

The Los Angeles Times reports that these three-story, seven-unit attached townhomes were developed by Forest City and built in partnership with the Presidio Trust, adjacent to Presidio Landmark, an adaptive re-use of the largest historical building within the Presidio. The project is said to bring “a modern vernacular and sustainable design” to the Presidio, a large wilderness area and official National Park in the heart of San Francisco.

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image via The Presideo Landmark

Designed by noted architect KieranTimberlake, the Bella Townhomes feature energy-efficient, Energy Star-rated appliances, low-flow water features, compact fluorescent lighting, radiant heating and high degree of insulation designed to dramatically reduce energy use.

All homes are connected to a solar power system, and were constructed with recycled and sustainably-harvested materials, including Forest Stewardship Council certified cedar and TREX decking, as well as IceStone and Caesar Stone counter tops made of recycled materials.

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image via LA Times

In a city known for its sky-high real estate prices, these townhomes will no doubt go for top dollar when they become available for lease this fall.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.