Yes, after construction that dragged out nearly a year longer than planned and a long sales cycle in a tough real estate market, our project at 173 Downey has adopted a new family to call its own.

Yay!

Now, when we started 173 Downey, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) didn’t allow for rehabilitated homes to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficiency in Design) rated, so we pursued the Greenpoint rating and received a score of 99.  Not too shabby.

But more people know about LEED, so that’s where we wanted to go.

Things changed in 2009.  The USGBC expanded the LEED for Homes standard to include projects where an existing home underwent a “gut-rehab” remodel (where all the toxics are removed and all of the systems and finishes are updated).

This is what we did at 173 Downey and this is what we’re continuing to do!

Now that 173 Downey is back to serving its purpose in life – protecting and nurturing a family, eco+historical is starting its next two projects in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.

Stay tuned for more details and a blow-by-blow description of the process of transforming two unlivable near-teardown historic homes into healthy and efficient LEED Platinum (yeah, that’s the best, like SF’s new California Academy of Science building in Golden Gate Park) family homes.

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