SAN FRANCISCO’S PARKMERCED UNVEILS ‘ECO-HOME’

Boasting Latest Sustainable Living Technology, Apartment Will be Awarded to ‘Greenest Family in San Francisco’

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All furniture and fixtures are locally sourced,
using the most sustainable materials available.

Parkmerced, the largest single rental community in San Francisco, has unveiled an “Eco-Home” – a high-rise apartment that’s been entirely renovated to reflect the latest in environmentally friendly living strategies – that may offer a glimpse into the future of urban life.

Parkmerced is also running a contest to see who gets to live in the Eco-Home first.

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View from the Eco-Home at Parkmerced, looking west over Harding Park Golf Course.

In January a panel of judges will determine who is the “greenest family in San Francisco”; that family will get to live in the Eco-Home at Parkmerced for a year, rent-free. See parkmerced.com/GoGreen/eco.htm for entry rules and information.

The Eco-Home boasts the most advanced technology known to monitor and reduce energy and water consumption, and is outfitted with sustainable materials.

This week, Parkmerced gave a sneak preview of the Eco-Home to Jared Blumenfeld, director of San Francisco’s Department of Environment, and others.

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Jared Blumenfeld at the Eco-Home with Jeannie Scott, member of Parkmerced’s Sustainability Committee, and Adam Mayer, project manager.

“Parkmerced’s plans for the future appear to be intrinsically linked to strategies for sustainable living. That’s good for the neighborhood and good for the city,” said Blumenfeld.

“This apartment, which offers a test run for the kind of smart technology that we hope will soon be standard for all homes, is a good sign of things to come.”

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Sath Mallen, executive vice-president of Parkmerced, talks with Jared Blumenfeld
about Parkmerced sustainable initiatives.

Some highlights of the Eco-Home include:

A state-of-the-art, internet-linked energy/resource monitoring system – featuring a wall-mounted digital screen – that constantly monitors electric, gas and water consumption and provides real-time cost and carbon footprint information.

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Adam Mayer demonstrates the Eco-Home’s state-of-the-art Agilewaves monitor,
which tracks all energy and water consumption.

Motion sensor lights in the bathrooms, corridors and non-essential areas.

A “vampire control system” to abate the stand-by power consumption (which comprises 10-15% of total residential electricity)

“Parkmerced is taking the lead in developing sustainable practices on a large scale, now and in the neighborhood’s dramatically changing future,” said PJ Johnston, spokesman for Parkmerced.

“This apartment is our beta – it’s a vision into the future of sustainable living.”

The Green Family Contest, which runs through Dec. 15, is open to all San Francisco residents. The winner will be announced in January.

Parkmerced will also be participating in the San Francisco Green Festival, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America, this weekend, Nov. 13-15, at the Concourse Exhibition Center, where local residents will be encouraged to join the Greenest Family Contest. For more information on the Green Festival, go to greenfestivals.org/san-francisco .

The Eco-Home is just one example of a far-reaching commitment to sustainability at Parkmerced.

This determined effort to create a new ecological model for urban living is reflected in the ambitious revitalization plans that will transform the neighborhood over the next 20 years. For more information about the exciting long-range vision for Parkmerced, go to ParkmercedVision.com.

Other features of the Eco-Home include:

New efficient steam radiators have been installed and centered under the windows to best control heat loss. Radiators direct the heat to the interior of the space and reduce temperatures on outside walls and ceilings. This type of system results in a 10-30% energy savings on a standard apartment.

Formaldehyde-free, low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emission insulation has been installed at all exterior walls to help better control the indoor environment.

EcoRock has been used for all new sheetrock installation, made of 80% post-industrial recycled waste, including waste from steel and cement plants.

No VOC paints were used throughout and Low VOC stains and sealers were used.

New 100% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified bamboo flooring

Fluorescent, Xenon and LED light fixtures are used throughout for improved quality of light at less consumption. The average energy savings for the lighting systems will be approximately 65% less energy when compared to a standard apartment. 

Window coverings are composed of PVC-free, reclaimable, and recyclable material.

All cabinetry and millwork is FSC certified.

Kitchen and bathroom countertops are made from 100% recycled glass and cement.

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Ultra low-flow fixtures for the kitchen and bathrooms will save
more than 50% of the water usage over a standard apartment.

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All tile in the kitchen and bathrooms consist of a recycled “green” clay, made of 17% post-consumer glass and 17% post-industrial discarded grinding paste.

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For more information about media tour, the Eco-Unit or the Greenest Family contest, contact PJ Johnston at (415) 260-8417. For information about Parkmerced’s sustainable initiatives, go to Parkmerced.com/GoGreen.

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