Green apartments feature 57 roof-top solar water heater collectors

Green apartments feature 57 roof-top solar water heater collectors

The new Rincon Green apartment building features 316 apartments designed for a green and luxurious lifestyle, with hot water courtesy of the sun.

Located on Rincon Hill in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, the new Rincon Green building is 65 feet tall and seven stories and will be part of a neighborhood with multiple high-rises and a local park to serve the residents.

The building, designed by architects Christiani Johnson/David Barker + Partners, is GreenPoint Rated. GreenPoint is the green home rating system established by Build It Green, a membership-supported Bay Area nonprofit.

Green materials and super-efficient appliances are among the features of this building that is sited right up against the Bay Bridge as it touches down on the San Francisco side.

One of the energy-efficienct elements can be found on the roof, where a 57-collector solar thermal system helps produce hot water for the building’s residents.

Berkeley's Sun Light & Power (SLP) installed the solar water heating system.

SLP's Sarah Wauters, design consultant, (L) and Naomi Kamiya, project manager, present the solar collectors on the roof of Rincon Green. Photo: Sun Light & Power

The project was unusual for Berkeley’s Sun Light & Power given that the general contractor’s challenge was for SLP to use embeds in the concrete rather than waiting until after the concrete pour.

SLP engineered the installation and worked with union personnel on the install. Everyone living in the building knows about the solar hot water panels on the roof, as do the tens of thousands of people that drive over the Bay Bridge into San Francisco who can see the panels – nearly flush with the height of the roadway – out their car windows.

Other green features of the building include:

  • Cutting-edge fresh air filtration in every home
  • Outdoor Great Room with expansive sun deck and whirlpool overlooking the San Francisco skyline
  • Bicycle storage
  • On-site car share program
  • Energy Star stainless steel appliances
  • Operable windows
  • Non-smoking building

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    Building photo courtesy Rincon Green.


    Topics: Sustainable Communities, Water Heaters


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