A four-year $3.8M effort funded by the California Energy Commission will convert the William Penn Hotel (a historic, mixed-use building with low-income housing) into a showcase of innovative Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building design. This project is located in San Francisco, CA and the building area of this site is 41,836 sq. ft. with 94 Single-Room Occupancy units (SROs). The site includes a theater, offices and housing for ninety-one, low-income residents — including many formerly homeless and at-risk adults. The project is seeking innovative solutions and products to address a high-density urban housing environment in a high performance building. Project partners include Chinatown Community Development Center, RMW Architects, Integral Group, National Renewables and Energy Laboratory, and the San Francisco 2030 District.
Project media coverage
- Govtech: “Going Green Can Help the Poor – and So Much More“
- Fast Company Co.Exist: “An SRO In San Francisco’s Tenderloin Is Getting A $3 Million Zero Net Energy Redesign“
- CleanTeachnica: “Zero Net Energy Projects To Transform Affordable Housing & Grocery Industry“