The Belles Townhomes are San Francisco’s first LEED Platinum-certified multi-family housing units, and they are the only newly constructed residential buildings in the city’s historic Presidio district. LivingHomes collaborated with Kieran Timberlake to design the seven unit residential building, located right next to the Presidio Landmark on some of the most beautiful land in the city. The project is made up of seven three-story attached units overlooking a shared central green in front of a wooded area. Each three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit includes its own garage, patio and rooftop deck.
A solar system on the project’s roof helps reduce each unit’s energy bill, while Energy Star lighting and appliances along with super tight insulation and radiant floor heating work to reduce energy demand. Each home is also equipped with specially designed trash and recycling chutes on every floor to encourage recycling as well as anenergy dashboard to help residents see how much energy they are using in real-time. Rainwater is collected on the roof and stored in an underground aquifer, all landscaping is drought tolerant, and low-flow fixtures are used throughout.