After months of paperwork and correspondence, the USGBC finally accepted all of our documentation and inspections and agreed that 1566 Sanchez had achieved all of the necessary LEED points to be certified as LEED Platinum.  eco+historical couldn’t be more pleased to have built the first home in Noe Valley to reach LEED Platinum and one of less than 10 single family homes in San Francisco to reach that plateau.

LEED Platinum Approval Certificate

But we didn’t do it alone.  We want to thank our builder, Chris Begg of CBC General Contractors for executing to our plans even when so many of the components we chose were new to the market and unfamiliar; Paul and Rich of Nowak Heating and Air Conditioning for fitting in a difficult mini-split air source heat pump, and many others.

Why do we do this?  Why do we go so far to make these homes as green as they can be?

Not for the money, surprisingly.  It certainly does appeal to buyers to have a Green home, but the top factors for buyers are still location, number of bedrooms and baths, layout, aesthetics…and then, somewhere down the line…sustainability and eco qualities.

Still, eco+historical is committed to building this way because it’s the right thing to do.

The homes are more healthy for the families that live there.

The homes use less energy and less water and absorb more runoff and waste water and thus have a smaller ecological impact.

As energy and water costs go up over time, the benefits of the efficiency of homes like 1566 Sanchez will only increase.

So at the end of the day, eco+historical will do fine, but the thing that makes us most happy is that the homes we build will serve their families and their communities long into the future.