Silicon Valley: It’s Not Just for Chips
LosAltosPatch reports the first modular multifamily LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-Certified building in Silicon Valley, in California features exposed structural steel frame, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood exterior that comprises the modules, solar panels that provide 100% of the energy to the units, zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, recycled content counters, and super low-flow water fixtures. The three modular units, one of which is an affordable studio apartment, have floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that offer the feel of indoor/outdoor living, and one has an indoor garden. The structure was built by LivingHomes of Santa Monica, and represents the firms twelfth certified Leed Patinum project. Steve Glenn, founder and CEO of LivingHomes, says, “We built the first LEED Platinum home in the nation and the first LEED Platinum multifamily project in San Francisco.” MHProNews has learned Leed Certification rates building performance in five areas: energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials selection, sustainable site development, and water savings.
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