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8 of the West Coast's Greenest Apartments

    8 of the West Coast's Greenest Apartments

    In honor of Earth Day this week, we plucked some LEED-friendly apartment projects bordering the Pacific Ocean.

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    888 San Mateo

    888 San Mateo

    Location: 888 North San Mateo Dr, San Mateo

    LEED Certification: Platinum

    Green features: It's one of only five in the country in its unit count category and the first in the the state for good reason: count insulation installation, Low E windows, EV charging stations, smart roofing materials, drought-tolerant plants and drip irrigation systems in landscaping to minimize water consumption, and low flow toilets, shower heads and faucets among its green features.

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    Hassalo on Eighth

    Hassalo on Eighth

    Location: Corner of 8th & NE Hassalo, Portland, OR

    LEED Certification: Pursuing Platinum for New Construction and Neighborhood Development

    Green features: Site-specific strategies include: rainwater harvesting and treatment; on-site wastewater treatment and reuse with infiltration; district energy; natural daylighting; access to public transportation.

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    Township Apartments

    Township Apartments

    Location: 333 Main St, Redwood City, CA

    LEED Certification: Gold

    Green features: Low flow toilets, shower and other water fixtures; Energy Star appliances; and drought resistant landscaping with drip irrigation system.

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    The Plaza Apartments

    The Plaza Apartments

    Location: One Plaza View Lane, Foster City

    LEED Certification: Gold

    Green features: Low flow toilets, shower and other water fixtures; Energy Star appliances; and drought resistant landscaping with drip irrigation system.

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    Rio Vista Apartments

    Rio Vista Apartments
    Location: 3000 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles
     
    LEED Certification: Platinum
     
    Green features: The site is a high-density infill, a former brownfield with existing infrastructure, and within access to outstanding community resources. A large photovoltaic system offsets 50% common area electricity demand; a solar thermal system preheats water to reduce natural gas consumption; and an edible garden sits atop the roof.

     

     

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    Alvarado Road Apartments

    Alvarado Road Apartments

    Location: 6625 Alvarado Rd, San Diego

    LEED Certification: Gold

    Green features: Its location on a high-density, urban infill site is known for its walkability, connectivity and proximity to San Diego State University as well as to all kinds of urban transportation. Also applauded: its achievements in energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality and water-use reduction.

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    Pine + Minor

    Pine + Minor

    Location: 1551 Minor Ave, Seattle, WA

    LEED Certification: Platinum

    Green features: Here there are live-work units, retail facilities, a green roof, bike storage and shared amenities like conference and fitness rooms. Low energy use helps residents save on their utility bills while also reducing their overall environmental footprint.

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    Aire

    Aire

    Location: 3401 Iron Point Dr, San Jose

    LEED Certification: (pending) Silver

    Green features: Here, on a tour, Bay West Development's Matt Gingery is turning up the NEST thermostat in the 293-unit apartment complex that debuted last year.

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