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Belles Townhomes: SF’s First LEED Platinum Multi-Family Housing
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 6, 2010 @ 6:50 pm In Architecture,Green Building,San Francisco | 2 Comments
The Belles Townhomes are San Francisco's first LEED Platinum-certified multi-family housing units, and they are the only newly constructed residential buildings in the city's historic Presidio district (and National Park!) Designed and built in a modern vernacular by Kieran Timberlake and LivingHomes, the seven unit residential building is located right next to the Presidio Landmark on some of the most beautiful land in the city. With solar panels on the roof, energy monitoring and efficient appliances inside, rainwater collection and a lot more, we're pretty jealous of whoever gets to move in here.
LivingHomes  collaborated with Kieran Timberlake to design the seven townhomes for the Presidio, making this their first foray into building multi-family residences. The project was developed by Forest City  and is situated adjacent to the Presidio Landmark. The project is made up of seven three-story attached units overlooking a shared central green in front of a wooded area. Each three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit includes its own garage, patio and rooftop deck.
A solar system  on the project’s roof helps reduce each unit’s energy bill, while Energy Star lighting and appliances along with super tight insulation and radiant floor heating work to reduce energy demand. Each home is also equipped with specially designed trash and recycling chutes on every floor to encourage recycling as well as an energy dashboard  to help residents see how much energy they are using in real-time. Rainwater is collected on the roof and stored in an underground aquifer, all landscaping is drought tolerant, and low-flow fixtures are used throughout.
Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes, said in a press release, “The Presidio is an incredible protected space in the middle of San Francisco, and it’s critical to build new buildings there in a way that minimizes the impact on natural resources. We hope Belles Townhomes set the bar for future projects there. It’s also our first foray into multifamily housing, which is arguably the most responsible kind of housing. We hope to make this a major focus for LivingHomes.”
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/06/belles-townhomes-sfs-first-leed-platinum-multi-family-housing/belles-townhomes-presidio-6/
 LivingHomes: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/19/livinghomes-delivers-kierantimberlake-prefab/
 Forest City: http://www.forestcity.net/
 solar system: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/23/new-york-firemen-go-solar-with-140-panel-photovoltaic-array/
 energy dashboard: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/07/5-devices-that-help-you-save-energy/
 + LivingHomes: http://www.livinghomes.net/
 + The Presidio Landmark: http://www.thepresidiolandmark.com/
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