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The Lodge at the Presidio was refurbished with inviting and environmentally friendly materials. Photo: Paul Dyer

The Presidio Trust revealed in August that its Lodge at the Presidio was certified a LEED Gold green building by the U.S. Green Building Council. 

The historic national park hotel was first built in the 1890s as a military barrack; a three-year project transformed the colonial revival-style building into a 42-room hotel. The resulting building received the certification for its sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. 

The Trust reports that “reinforcing the brick building through a state-of-the-art seismic strengthening process utilizing carbon and glass fibers conserved a large amount of waste and energy,” and water-efficient plumbing and landscaping resulted in 40 percent of the average water usage. Additional energy-efficiency features of the lodge include on-demand power in the guestrooms; weather-protected windows; preservation of existing hardwood floors, walls, and two grand staircases; and the use of green materials such as insulation made from recycled denim fabrics.

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