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Santa Monica Conservancy's 'Shotgun House' Earns LEED Gold  

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By Lookout Staff

January 30, 2017
-- A tiny, 100-year-old Santa Monica house has earned LEED™ Gold certification, a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building.

The "Shotgun House" was restored by the Santa Monica Conservancy from a dilapidated shack that once faced the wrecking ball into the group's mint-condition Preservation Resource Center.

Its adaptive reuse serves to "emphasize that historic rehabilitation and sustainable, green building design and construction can be mutually beneficial," Conservancy officials said.

"We are extremely pleased with the LEED™ Gold certification," said Conservancy president Carol Lemlein.

Santa Monica Conservancy Shotgun House
Preservation Resource Center (Photo by Stephen Schafer)

"We made sure that the rehabilitation was done not only in a historically sensitive way but also sustainably under the leadership of Conservancy board vice president John Zinner, principal of Zinner Consultants, and his partner Glen Boldt."

Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™, or LEED™, certification rates buildings based on water and energy efficiency, resources and materials and indoor environmental quality.

"The Shotgun House earned points for all categories, most notably in its reuse of 95 percent of the original site as well as recycling 95 percent of its construction waste," Conservancy officials said.

The "Shotgun House" also features a drought-resistant, water-efficient garden.

Last year, The Santa Monica Conservancy received a prestigious Governor's Historic Preservation Award, which recognized its restoration of the house as “an outstanding example of community participation in the preservation of a treasured California resource," award officials said ("Santa Monica Conservancy's 'Shotgun House' Restoration Receives Governor's Award," November 23, 2016).

It took 18 years to save the 1890s shotgun house -- so called because a bullet could traverse the structure without hitting a wall ("Saga of Santa Monica's Shotgun House Ends Back on Second Street," January 19, 2016).

More than 50 Santa Monica structures have been recognized with LEED™ certification, City officials said.

"We are delighted the Santa Monica Conservancy has added yet another to our growing list and applaud its accomplishment in meeting the challenge of achieving the Gold standard for an historic property," said Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer.

A display describing the LEED™ rating is now part of the educational program at the Preservation Resource Center, Conservancy officials said.

For information on Santa Monica Conservancy programs, membership and the Conservancy's Preservation Resource Center, visit

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