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Step Up on Colorado (Kaufmann Apartments)
Step up on Colorado (Kaufmann Apartments) is a project developed by Hollywood Community Housing Corporation in partnership with Step Up on Second that achieved Platinum LEED-certification (the highest level of certification).
What does it mean to be LEED-Certified?
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a designation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. For a project to receive LEED for Homes Certification, it must meet requirements in eight different environmental qualities:
LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.
Green features of Step Up on Colorado (Kaufmann Apartments):
The project incorporates drought tolerant landscaping, locally sourced materials and high-efficiency, Energy Star appliances, and low flow fixtures (high-efficiency showers, toilets, and lavatory faucets) to moderate on-site water consumption. Native plantings are incorporated into the design to reduce water runoff and landscape irrigation. Water conservation efforts are also being promoted through building operations and resident education. Step Up On Colorado (Kaufmann Apartments) is also one of Santa Monica’s first residential projects that incorporates the City’s SMURRF (Santa Monica's Urban Runoff Recycling Facility) line, a greywater system that provides recycled water for all of the landscape irrigation.
520 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401Completed: 2015 Architect: Killefer Flammang Architects Contractor: Shangri-La