LEED BD+C: Homes v1.0 pilot
SAN JOSE, CA 95112
LEED Gold 2008
Gish is the only affordable housing development in the United States to receive both LEED for Homes and LEED for New Construction Gold certification.
Gish Apartments in downtown San Jose, California, is a 35-unit, transit-oriented family apartment complex that provides quality affordable housing for households earning 35% to 50% of the area median income. The complex includes efficiency, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments. Over a third of the apartments (13 of them) are set aside for residents with developmental disabilities. The complex is a model for the State of California's Multifamily Housing Program for mainstreaming special needs populations.
The mixed-use plan includes a convenience store and a beauty salon on the ground floor. Residents have access to a computer center and are provided with services tailored to support low-income families, such as financial literacy training, computer training, and after-school programs. Housing Choices Coalition provides coordination of services for residents who have developmental disabilities and facilitates communication among these residents, their case managers, and the property management team.
Gish Apartments is a groundbreaking development both for its architectural design and in its use of renewable energy technologies and other green building features. Gish is the only affordable housing development in the United States to receive both LEED for Homes and LEED for New Construction Gold certification.
Gish Apartments was built on a vacant site that formerly housed a gas station with underground storage tanks. The site is approximately 18,000 square feet and has a high water table. This infill site is immediately adjacent to the Gish light rail station and is located along a busy corridor near retail and other medium-density residential uses. The building includes commercial retail space.