1101 Connecticut, which offers 72 affordable apartments for families, was the first building to be completed as part of the HOPE SF Potrero Hill Master Plan, a long-term effort to rebuild 619 units of distressed public housing and create another 1,000 new homes alongside community facilities, retail, open space and neighborhood services. BRIDGE is a leading nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing in California, Oregon and Washington.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Through design, construction and operations practices that improve environmental and human health, LEED-certified buildings are helping to make the world more sustainable.
“We have been committed to environmentally sound, smart-growth development for many years,” said Cynthia A. Parker, President & CEO of BRIDGE Housing. “We’re extremely proud that 1101 Connecticut earned LEED Platinum, as we know that green buildings are healthier for the people who live in them and also benefit the broader community.”
1101 Connecticut achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality. The building includes excellent solar orientation, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, a centralized filtered air distribution system, on-site stormwater capture and management, and a range of healthy and environmentally preferable materials.
The commitment to green started with an integrated design charrette and was carried to completion through rigorous field verification and testing. The building was designed by architects Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP and Y.A. Studio, and built by Cahill Contractors. Raimi + Associates provided green building guidance and certification support. The development will be featured in the revised edition of Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, which will be published in July by Island Press.
“Transforming our buildings and spaces happens one project at a time. BRIDGE Housing understands the value of LEED and has shown extraordinary leadership in reshaping the market,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “The success of LEED is due to the partnership and support of those committed to advancing green building and sustainability. Each new LEED certification brings us one step closer to revolutionizing the spaces where we live, learn, work and play.”
For more information about BRIDGE Housing, visit www.bridgehousing.com. To learn more about the U.S. Green Building Council visit usgbc.org.