EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Date: 
Thursday, August 8, 2013

The EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park is San Francisco's first 100 percent “off-grid” building, modeling solar power and alternative wastewater technologies. Nearly every feature is innovative and used to educate the public about renewable energy, pollution and greenhouse gas reduction, wastewater treatment, green building materials, and the green economy.

The building features: 

Wastewater treatment. A series of wetland cells and ultraviolet sterilization lamps treat wastewater and recycle treated water for landscape irrigation.

A green living roof to reduce building needs for heating and cooling, provide retention of stormwater on site for reuse, reduce heat island effect of building on site, and encourage wildlife habitat.

Solar panels to meet all electricity demands of the building.

Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) that provide high energy efficiency and strength in the walls and roof as well as seismic support and fire resistance.

Native landscaping to help promote water conservation, the elimination of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and encourage education around native plant propagation.

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