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Friday, September 25, 2009

GreenPoint Showcase Tour

On the Prescott Oakland Point neighborhood blog, I stated how the Pacific Cannery Lofts is featured in the self guided GreenPoint Showcase Tour, on Sunday, October 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As a guest writer, I believe this site is the appropriate location to provide more specific information regarding Build It Green since the Pacific Cannery lofts are the recipients of the GreenPoint Rated certification.

Everyone who owns a unit will receive a certificate stating their units GreenPoint Rating.

About Build it Green

In 2005, Build it Green was created as a result of the merger of the Green Resource Center and Bay Area Build it Green. Build it Green has developed the GreenPoint Rated rating system which has become the standard for evaluating the green performance of new single-family and multi-family projects, although it can also apply to neighborhood and high-rise residential development. This system is solely based in California and includes practices that exceed California codes. GreenPoint Rated is also a point based program with third party certification.

Green building is a whole-systems-approach to building that includes:
· Designing for livable communities
· Using sun and site to the building's advantage for natural heating, cooling, and daylighting
· Landscaping with native, drought-resistant plants and water-efficient practices
· Building quality, durable structures
· Reducing and recycling construction and demolition waste
· Insulating well and ventilating appropriately
· Incorporating durable, salvaged, recycled, and sustainably harvested materials
· Using healthy products and building practices
· Using energy-efficient and water-saving appliances, fixtures and technologies

Five principles of green building:
· Livable communities
· Energy efficiency
· Indoor air quality
· Resource conservation
· Water conservation

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