San Francisco builds green.A quiet revolution is taking place in the San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden area. You can hear it in the whisper of school children at a public library when the air conditioning air conditioning, mechanical process for controlling the humidity, temperature, cleanliness, and circulation of air in buildings and rooms. Indoor air is conditioned and regulated to maintain the temperature-humidity ratio that is most comfortable and healthful. is turned off. You can see evidence in the demolition of a convention center where more than 80 percent of the waste was diverted from the landfill and set aside for reuse.
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The San Francisco Bay Area, colloquially known as the Bay Area or The Bay municipal governments are working to grow sustainable communities, by passing green building ordinances, requiring energy-efficient designs, recycled content and a host of "green" strategies for public projects. In the city of San Francisco
LEED, the national energy- and environmental-efficiency standard set up by the U.S. Green Building Council, offers a four-tier rating system, ranging from basic certification to silver, gold and platinum levels. In San Jose San Jose, city, United States
San Jose (sănəzā`, săn hōzā`), city (1990 pop. 782,248), seat of Santa Clara co., W central Calif.; founded 1777, inc. 1850. , California's third-largest city, any new construction of more than 10,000 square feet must be LEED certified. Mike Foster, Green Coordinator for San Jose, reports that many of the nearly 58 public projects now underway in the city incorporate green features such as carpeting with recycled content or paints with low levels of volatile organic compounds volatile organic compound Environment Any toxic cabon-based (organic) substance that easily become vapors or gases–eg, solvents–paint thinners, lacquer thinner, degreasers, dry cleaning fluids (VOCs).
"Green building makes good sense," says Carl Mosher A mosher is a person who is crossed between goth/punk/skater they have long hair and listen to music like slipknot and metal music. Some people call them headbangers. At certain music shows they have something called a mosh pit, basically its a fight pit with loads of people bashing each other. , director of environmental services for San Jose. "We can reduce operating and maintenance costs by saving energy, water and other natural resources, in addition to reusing certain materials." Neighboring cities of Pleasanton, Berkeley and San Mateo all have instituted LEED standards for new municipal construction.
"We've learned a tremendous amount," says Mark Palmer, green building coordinator for the city of San Francisco, where 10 local pilot projects are evaluating green design and construction. The Academy of Sciences, the Laguna Honda Hospital, the Golden Gate Music Concourse and the Islais Creek Muni Facility have "given us a means to learn what works and what doesn't work," he says. "The perception is that green building is expensive. That simply is not true. The key is to get all parties together at the very beginning of the design process."
The California Sustainable Building Task Force (CSBTF) found that constructing a green building costs an average of two percent more than traditional structures of the same size, but offers a tenfold savings over 20 years through lower energy and water bills, reduced waste, and improved worker productivity. CONTACT: CSBTF, (916) 341-6476, www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Green Building/TaskForce.