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Friday, December 9, 2011

Sunnydale Project Receives Conditional Approval of LEED ND Gold Plan

Project Description: The Sunnydale community, originally built as a visionary housing solution for wartime ship builders, is now a dilapidated assembly of disconnected buildings. Its leftover spaces are difficult to police and difficult to access. The new Sunnydale will be redeveloped incrementally to create a network of streets that connect with the surrounding neighborhood; create a variety of housing types for a mix of incomes and provide carefully scaled park spaces and recreational opportunities lined with public facilities. Principles of sustainable “green” development for the neighborhood and greater community will be integral to this transformation.

Check out the plans here.

Vision: Redesign Sunnydale into a mix of uses typical of other San Francisco neighborhoods, including housing, services, community facilities, open space, and neighborhood-serving retail.

Project Requirements: To replace all existing public housing units with minimal displacement and to reintegrate the community to the greater neighborhood.

Conditionally Approved LEED ND Gold Plan: VMWP's Sunnydale HOPE SF Master Plan application for LEED ND Stage 1 certification has been submitted and approved by the US Green Building Certification Institute. It is the first United States project to receive conditional approval at the LEED Gold level, one of three major checkpoints on the path to certification as a LEED for Neighborhood Development project and one of the first three submitted in the world.

The LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. LEED for Neighborhood Development is a collaboration among USGBC, Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

LEED-ND certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development's location and design meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development.

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