Posts Tagged ‘certification’

The Sisterhood of the Traveling (Short) Pants: A Public Display of (Group) Affection High Above (The) 280

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Jumping up and down in celebration, near CCSF

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Uh, Go Rams?

The Green, Living Roof is Taking Over San Francisco: It’s LEED-Bait

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Do you crave Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the United States Green Building Council? Of course you do. So that’s why you need to instruct a gardner to get atop your latest project and start planting.

As here in the San Francisco Presidio, where the old Cavalry Barracks (the barracks on Schofield Road, not the Schofield Barracks) are getting a makeover. Look to the right as you speed through the Presidio from the Richmond District towards the Golden Gate Bridge in order to witness the progress. Soon, it will be just like the green-roofed California Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Contemporary Art Museum (CAMP).

Read all about it, below.


Can these roofs handle the change from red to Green?

Most likely.

The cavalry played a significant role in the life of the Presidio for more than 150 years, from 1776, when the first horse-mounted soldiers arrived with the Spanish army until the 1940s when the Presidio sold the last of its horses following World War II.  In the early part of the century, cavalry soldiers trained at the Presidio before shipping out to fight the war in the Philippines. Later, they would protect the state’s newly created national parks, Yosemite and King’s Canyon. 
Home for the cavalry soldiers of the time was a two-story, wood-frame barracks up the hill from the stables. Now, work is beginning on a complete and total rehabilitation of the 107-year old building. The project is expected to be completed by the middle of October.
“It’s a wonderful, rich building with a lot of character,” says Rob Wallace, an architect with the Presidio Trust. “Unlike a lot of buildings that have undergone similar rehabilitations, this building’s pretty much in tact. We’re really taking it back to the 1902 plan.”

Read more after the jump.


The 100% Solar-Powered House at Point Diablo in Beautiful Marin County.

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in this light house at Point Diablo in Marin County, California? You’d have great views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, that’s for sure.

Downsides of this location include the dangers of an occasional oil spill (like we had with the Cosco Busan) and the long walk up the stairs from where you’d dock your boat.

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The upside is that getting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification would be a piece of cake. You’d already have renewable energy and water-efficient landscaping, so making a few alterations could get easily get you certified up to silver, gold, platinum, whatever.

All that’s left to do is make an offer, move in and then meet the neighbors.