SF Building Materials & Systems

Thoreau Center for Sustainability San Francisco strives to operate a sustainable and healthy place to work. Our extensive recycling program has earned the Center distinction and recognition. To preserve the health of our occupants and janitors, we use certified green cleaning supplies. We also provide information sharing events for our tenants that focus on sustainability.

Thoreau Center in San Francisco has received several awards:

  • EARTH and CORY Awards: 2005, 2006 and 2007
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award
  • AIA California Chapter Design Award
  • California Preservation Foundation Honor Award

Green construction materials include:

  • Sustainably harvested EcoPanels from Architectural Forest Enterprises and maple veneers from the Menominee Tribe.
  • Formaldehyde-free medium density composite fiberboard panels manufactured from recycled wood.
  • Homasote fiberboard panels made from 100% recycled paper.
  • Wood finishes that are compliant with California's Air Quality Management District Regulations.
  • Restroom tiles made with recycled windshield glass.
  • Nontoxic, water-based tile adhesive.
  • Linoleum flooring (a natural product).
  • Insulation for walls and ceiling made from natural fibers (cellulose and cotton).
  • Acoustic ceiling tiles with 85% recycled content.
  • Minimal off-gassing carpet made of a percentage of recycled materials from Collins & Aikman Powerboard Carpet, a company committed to carpet recycling.
  • Aluminum storefronts with 80% recycled content.
  • High efficiency, long-lasting fluorescent bulbs for lighting.
  • Formaldehyde-free paints with very low volatile organic compound (VOC) content.

Specific systems include:

  • Occupancy sensors for electrical lighting.
  • Bicycle storage, locker rooms and showers for bicyclists.
  • Roof-mounted photovoltaic systems.
  • Highly efficient boilers for heating with multiple override controls related to time of use, outside temperature and seasonal variations.
  • High efficiency, long-lasting fluorescent bulbs for lighting.

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