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Santa Monica Conservancy Achieves LEED™ Gold

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The Santa Monica Conservancy has earned LEED™ Gold certification, demonstrating that even a small, 100-year-old shotgun house can be rehabilitated and adapted for sustainable, contemporary use.

“We are extremely pleased with the LEED™ Gold certification,” said Conservancy president Carol Lemlein. “We made sure that the rehabilitation was done not only in a historically sensitive way but also sustainably under the leadership of Conservancy board vice president John Zinner, principal of Zinner Consultants, and his partner Glen Boldt.”

LEED™ has both prerequisites and credits, which earn points in categories such as water and energy efficiency, resources and materials, and indoor environmental quality. Most notably, the Shotgun House earned points for its reuse of 95% of the original building as well as recycling 95% of its construction waste. Additionally, the Shotgun house features a drought-resistant, water-efficient garden.

As a leader in sustainability, Santa Monica has over 50 LEED certified structures. “We are delighted the Santa Monica Conservancy has added yet another to our growing list and applaud its accomplishment in meeting the challenge of achieving the Gold standard for an historic property,” noted Mayor Ted Winterer.

A display describing the LEED™ rating is now part of the educational program at the Preservation Resource Center. The Conservancy thanks Engineering Economics, Inc (EEI), Brummitt Energy Associates, Carbon Solutions Group, Recology and the team at Zinner Consultants.

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