Etta Apartments Awarded Green Building of the Year

Dec 15, 2014

The award is presented by the San Francisco Apartment Association

San Francisco, CA – December 2014 – Gerding Edlen today announced that Etta, a 13-story, 107 unit, LEED Gold certified mixed-use residential building located in the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco was awarded Green Building of the Year by the San Francisco Apartment Association.  This distinction is regarded as a significant award, presented by San Francisco’s most important landlord organization and advocate for rental housing in San Francisco since 1917.

Etta, ( which opened in June of 2013, was developed and is managed by Gerding Edlen, one of the nation’s leading real estate and development firms focused on building high quality and deeply sustainable properties that ensure enduring value.  The sustainable features in the building contributing to Etta’s performance, estimated to be 25% more efficient than a standard building, include a high efficiency façade (glazing and insulation) as well as a high efficiency HVAC system that engages a centralized heat pump loop and centralized hot water heating.

Programmable thermostats and Energy Star-rated appliances are featured in each unit, along with efficiency lighting fixtures in units and common areas. Rainwater is collected in a 40,000-gallon tank for all irrigation purposes — which not only reduces the burden on city infrastructure, it also means no potable water is used for landscaping on the property. Other water conservation features include low-flow toilets, lavatories and showerheads.

Etta’s design, construction and operations are guided by Gerding Edlen’s Principles of Place that embrace a set of values that include: Building Community, Create Inviting Spaces, Minimize Carbon Footprint and Energy Dependence, Connect People and Buildings to Nature, Encourage Transportation Alternatives, Craft The First 30 Feet, Inspire Communities with Art, and Make 20-Minute Living Real.

Etta’s reflection of these principles include a “Walk Score” of 100, along with multiple bike storage rooms, a bike repair station and an onsite Zip Car. The second story courtyard is landscaped with draught-tolerant native plantings and an edible herb garden available to the residents that contains mint, chive, rosemary, lemons and limes. All artwork displayed at Etta is created by local artists. Within the building, residents are offered green cleaning products and there is a compost/recycling station on each floor. Community outreach has included programming with the Sierra Club Bay Area Chapter, Alliance Francaise and Kindred Table.

Gerding Edlen Management is also an active participant and contributor to the Lower Polk CBD (Community Benefit District), which dedicates a majority of its service budget to regular sidewalk cleaning, refuse removal, alley cleaning, pressure washing, graffiti removal, tree pruning and watering, tree well weeding, and a variety of ambassador safety programs.

The Etta resides within Gerding Edlen’s Green Cities Fund I portfolio that includes buildings in Southern California, Seattle, WA, and Boston, MA.

About Gerding Edlen Management

Gerding Edlen Management is dedicated to creating communities within their multifamily developments, fostering interaction between residents and providing a sense of attachment to a neighborhood beyond just the property - offering residents with the environment and tools to live healthier, more sustainable lives. In addition, as a management arm to a developer, one of Gerding Edlen Management’s focuses is to ensure the buildings they develop achieve the sustainable goals that were originally set. One of the biggest ways to do so is by raising awareness in how the buildings should be used, thereby influencing human behavior.

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Gerding Edlen

Gerding Edlen is considered one of the nation’s leading experts in developing and managing green buildings, with an emphasis on developing properties that build community and positively reflect lifestyles of the future. Gerding Edlen is a full service real estate investment, development and asset/property management firm with a depth of experience in sustainable development and renewable energy. Recognized for their socially responsible approach to real estate investment, Gerding Edlen is one of the world's leading developers of LEED Certified properties with over 40 certified or registered LEED projects. Since 1996, the firm has developed more than 60 green projects throughout the Western United States.

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