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About HOPE SF: Green Building

Solar PanelsSan Francisco has long been a leader in green building. The City’s commitment is stronger than ever, and HOPE SF will be a showcase for the future of sustainable urban infill development.

Setting new standards in resource sustainability, including water conservation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, healthy environments, and recycling.
Participating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) pilot project.
Partnering with Enterprise Green Communities to innovate sustainable solutions and resources in community revitalization.

Benefits of Building Green
By building green, HOPE SF will reduce utility bills and energy usage. When healthy building materials are used, asthma and allergy rates should decline. And green building isn’t just about the structures; it is also about building healthy parks and walkways so residents can have higher air quality and safe places for their children to play.

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What is Green Building?
Green Building refers to design, building, and operating techniques that reduce the negative environmental and health impacts of development. These techniques not only benefit our shared environment but can also reduce ongoing maintenance costs, lower utility expenses, and increase indoor air quality—which is especially important for families with small children or people with chemical sensitivities.

For example, choosing durable flooring with recycled content is a common “green” practice that:

Reduces the impact on the natural environment;
Results in lower replacement costs over time; and
Provides an easy-to clean floor surface that reduces dust and other pathogens that can prompt allergic reactions or asthma.

Not to mention the fact that these floors look beautiful!

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Key Concepts
Energy Efficiency. Choosing energy efficient appliances, increasing insulation, and selecting quality windows will save money over time in reduced utility costs.

Indoor Air. Indoor air quality refers to the cleanliness or dirtiness of air inside a building. Indoor air pollution can be caused by dust, mold, or chemical “off-gassing” from building materials. Choosing easy-to-clean natural building materials and ensuring good ventilation can improve the indoor air quality and reduce incidences of asthma and other respiratory disorders.

Land Recycling. Just as cans and bottles can be recycled, so too can land. By rebuilding on already urbanized land, HOPE SF reduces pressure to develop on farmlands and open space. By creating housing within the existing transit network of San Francisco, HOPE SF also takes cars off freeways and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Durability. Choosing durable finishes and materials reduces waste that is generated when materials need frequent replacement. Durable materials may cost more at the time of installation, but their “life cycle cost” can be much lower than cheaper materials because they require less maintenance and less frequent replacement.

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