Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Gish Affordable Apartments, San Jose, CA

Gish Apartments in San Jose, CA are one of the few affordable multifamily apartment buildings to be constructed as a green building. They were constructed with solar photovoltaic panels on the roof, with residents receiving 30 percent of their electricity from these panels. Stormwater runoff was reduced by locating all parking underground and landscaping the grounds with drought tolerant plants as opposed to grass. The site itself is a cleaned-up "brownfields" site, and thus is a good example of land recycling and reclamation. The building is located near public transit with all tenants receiving free EcoPasses entitling them to unlimited free transportation on the city's buses and light-rail system.