San Francisco’s Green Building Center Opens (Guest Post)

greenhomecenter.gifIt could be considered the country’s (or at least San Francisco’s) first Green mini mall or mini Green department store. Over on Polk Street, near a lot of mass transit and foot traffic, the recently opened Green Home Center had eco-sexuals checking out not only the
shops but the interior as well.
Talk about making use of density, the small retail space combines several sustainably minded companies in one space. The Green concept shops offer Green minded consumers kitchen and bath cabinets with low or no formadlyldle and FSC wood (Brand Kitchens & Designs), Green bedding and furniture (Eco-terric), reclaimed wood doors (Liberty Valley Doors) and as they say much, much more.

As much as we support these companies, we also give a big Roger Ebert type thumbs up to the interior. It’s not only what they have but what they don’t have. No VOC paint, no artificial heating or air conditioning. They cool with the ocean breezes and heat with the residue heat from the waterheaters used by the apartments above the space. As far as the “haves”, we especially like the OSB (orientated strand board) floor, a green building material finished with waterbased floor finish by Bona, which represents the only Greenguard certified finish on the market.
Onward Green shoppers, onward.
— Keith Rockmael, Keller Williams SF Commercial Division

4 responses

  1. The school was bought just last October for a mere 6 million dollars and completed this month – remarkably quick considering typical permit processes. However, due to the LEED for Schools initiative it was given priority permit status to expedite the approval process.

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