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Monterey Street Mixed-Use Complex
Awarded Prestigious LEED® Certification
(San Luis Obispo, CA) –The new Monterey Street mixed-use complex developed by Copeland Properties and Jamestown, L.P., has been awarded LEED certification, according to LEED consultant In Balance Green Consulting.
Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, the Monterey Street project provides close to 70,000 square feet of commercial and residential spaces. Three existing qualified historic buildings were combined with new infill shell buildings to create a three-story complex with retail and a pedestrian plaza at street level with residential, retail, and a restaurant in the two stories above.
“We are proud to build sustainably in San Luis Obispo,” said Copeland Properties Architect Mark Rawson. “We understand the importance of sustainability globally, and we are committed to doing our part locally. This infill project brings housing and other important uses to downtown while preserving our historic heritage.”
Monterey Street achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in the following areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 39,000 commercial projects are currently certified through LEED, comprising more than 19.3 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 167 countries and territories.
“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC.“It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better. Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Copeland Properties and Jamestown demonstrates their leadership through this LEED certification of Monterey Street.”
Monterey Street included several green design and construction strategies for LEED certification, including:
- o Site: The infill site supports community connectivity and alternative transportation with a location that provides access to multiple local services.
- o Materials: 90 percent of the existing building was reused for the project.
- o Water: A 31 percent reduction in indoor water use was achieved using highly efficient Plumbing fixtures.
- o Energy: The project is expected to use 12 percent less energy compared to similar buildings. A rooftop solar electric array offsets a portion of the project’s energy use.
- o Regional Priority Credits: Monterey Street achieved four regional priority credits, the maximum available to projects. These priorities emphasized on-site renewable energy and a site selection that integrates new building into existing infrastructures.
The project team included Architect Mark Rawson of Copeland Properties, Associate Architect Rea & Luker, contractor J.W. Design & Construction, and Energy/LEED consultant In Balance Green Consulting. Other team members included FIRMA Landscape Design Group, Ashley & Vance Structural, BMA Engineering Mechanical & Plumbing, Above Grade Engineering Civil, and Power and Communications Engineering Electrical.
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U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With certified projects in more than 162 countries and territories, seventy-six U.S. chapter affiliates, and more than 200,000 credentialed LEED professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $303.5 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product by 2018.
More statistics on green building available at: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-facts