San Diego Affordable Housing Takes LEED

One of the West Coast’s tallest all-affordable high-rise apartment buildings now has a new caveat: LEED Gold status.

Ten Fifty B in San Diego recently gained this level of certification for its plethora of green features, including a greywater landscape irrigation system, a white reflective roof, rooftop solar panels, energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures. It also makes use of  elevators that run on regenerative energy and windows that eschew solar gain, helping to keep living spaces cool.

San Diego Ten Fifty B

image via Affirmed Housing

During construction, 20% of construction materials were locally sourced, and 10% of construction materials are composed of recycled materials. When the cork flooring, bamboo ceilings, and recycled glass tiles used in the development reach the end of their natural lives, they, too, can also be recycled.

“As the West Coast’s tallest all-affordable, LEED certified high-rise, we hope that Ten Fifty B will become one of many sustainable and affordable developments in downtown San Diego,” said James Silverwood, President of Affirmed Housing Group, the project’s developer, in a statement. Affirmed Housing Group is an organization focused on developing and improving sustainable and affordable housing in California.

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.


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