San Francisco City Hall Sets LEED Record
- May 26, 2015
San Francisco’s century-old City Hall was recently awarded LEED Platinum Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building is the oldest in the United States to be certified LEED Platinum Certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance.
The rating results from the efforts of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the City Administrator’s Office.
Completed in 1915, the San Francisco City Hall is located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. The Beaux-Arts-style building serves as the seat of government for San Francisco County as well as the city. The building was extensively modified in order to achieve highly efficient water and energy usage.
The building’s 90 toilets and urinals were replaced with high-efficiency fixtures with funding provided by a $700,000 EPA grant. Two hundred sink faucets were also replaced with fixtures that use 6.5 fewer gallons per minute. New natural daylight management systems maximize the light provided by skylights in the rotunda and 4th floor offices. Low-mercury fluorescent lights replaced less-efficient fixtures. Electricity provided for the building is now greenhouse gas-free, drawing on the SFPUC’s Hetch Hetchy Power System.
SFPUC’s green initiatives have helped 180 city buildings achieve energy efficiency and have had the impact of taking 4,200 cars off the road. The commission’s projects have also saved about $5.5 million annually in energy costs.
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