Sustainable Residential Case Study

Oakland currently offers formal City recognition of green buildings. With the adoption of a green building ordinance that sets minimum requirements, projects must now achieve or exceed either a LEED Gold rating through the U.S. Green Building Council or 75 points through Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated program. Since 2009, the Oakland City Council has recognized twenty (20) projects that have met or exceeded high green performance. These Oakland projects include one of the first LEED for Neighborhood Development projects certified under the pilot program, the first single-family home with dual LEED and GreenPoint rated certification, the first project to meet a LEED Platinum rating and a multi-family affordable housing project that achieved 167 points, the highest GreenPoint Rating, ever, for a multifamily building to date (2010).

The case studies are divided into five categories: residential, commercial, historic, neighborhoods, and civic projects. The information in the case studies include a project summary, green building features, environmental savings, green building rating, and project team members. Check back each year for the next round of recognized Oakland green buildings and case studies.


Sustainable (Green) Building

Case Studies

There are many buildings that include notable environmental features. CalRecycle has compiled the following list of case studies to highlight a variety of sustainable design features. While these may be considered green buildings as a whole, every feature of each building's features may not be considered "green."

Most buildings are included on this list based on self-certification for green building design and construction. Some buildings may not meet the green building definition using the LEED™ Green Building Rating System or CHPS Criteria.


The buildings are included as examples for others who may be interested in learning about sustainable design features in their pursuit of designing and building green. Additional buildings, details, and contacts can be added to this dynamic list of buildings. Please provide information and corrections to Gregory Dick (



  • Environmental Showcase Home : Greens the desert and saves "green" with a $30/month energy bill.
  • CANMET: Showcases the use of recycled-content materials and construction practices that reduce waste in the building of several homes in Canada.
  • Ecovillages: A residential community in Loudoun County, Virginia committed to sustainable development.
  • The Tofte Project: An interactive website describing the earth-friendly remodeling of a 50-year-old summer cabin in the town of Tofte on the North Shore of Lake Superior.


  • NW Federal Credit Union: This facility incorporates many wonderful examples of sustainability accentuated by beautiful views of downtown Seattle and Mt. Rainer.
  • Four Times Square, NY: An ecologically responsible office tower located in the heart of Manhattan.
  • Patagonia: Green innovations at the Reno Service Center
  • Vancouver Island Technology Park: This is the first project in Canada to achieve Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Rating System Version 2.0.


Links to Other Web Sites With Case Studies

Some of these sites may contain overlapping information.

Last updated: December 3, 2014
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