1401 Mission Street / San Francisco, CA 94103

Environmental Sustainability

OLUME at 1401 Mission Street is committed to upholding environmental stewardship and ensuring our patients and employees can thrive in a healthy environment. In our new multifamily residential building in San Francisco, California, we’ve incorporated energy, waste and water efficiency strategies as well as indoor environmental quality tactics that will:

  • Improve our resident’s air quality
  • Reduce our environmental impact
  • Reduce our energy and water utility expenditures

In addition, OLUME has partnered with high performance building consultants, stok, which helped achieve LEED for New Construction Silver certification. By undergoing the LEED process we’ve learned a lot about healthy buildings and sustainable design—much of which can be applied to every building. While some improvements require renovation, many only require simple behavioral changes that can be applied to make your workplace and your home higher performing buildings.

What is a high performing building, and why is it important?

A more defined way of saying “green buildings”, high performing buildings are those designed, constructed and operated to consume less resources and provide healthier environments for occupants. High performing buildings wholly exemplify sustainable business principles and the triple bottom line, addressing people, planet and profit.

People, Planet and Profit

OLUME invested in a healthier environment by only using paints, sealants, finishes and furniture that emit low-to-no amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are known carcinogens and can cause building occupants to feel fatigued and call in sick. Lowering the VOCs within our homes was an imperative priority for us to keep our tenants and employees healthy.

Our new also incorporates technologies and business practices to save energy, waste and water. These tactics will lower our use of natural resources as well as save money on our utility bills. Included below are specific achievements that make 1401 Mission Street a healthier, higher performing building.


Location: San Francisco, California – urban setting
Size: 138,512 sq. ft.
Use: Multi-Family Residential

Sustainable Features and Achievements

Sustainable Sites:

  • Alternative Transportation: We provide preferred parking for fuel-efficient cars, car charging station as well as a CityCarShare space in our below grade parking. The building is also conveniently located near multiple metro and bus stations.
  • Heat Island Effect: By using highly reflective “cool roof” colors on the roof, OLUME reduces Heat Island Effect, which is the elevation of local outside temperatures due to traditional non-reflective, dark colored roofs. OLUME’s cool roof also keeps the inside of the building more comfortable and decreases electricity demands.
  • Achieved a credit for using native/adapted plant species in the rooftop garden designs. 

Water Efficiency:

  • Indoor Water Use Reduction: By installing water-efficient toilets, urinals, and sinks, OLUME reduces indoor water use by 41% below International Plumbing Code Requirements. Additionally, each residential unit is sub metered separately, this allows for each tenant to understand their individual water consumption.
  • Outdoor Water Use Reduction: Through water-efficient landscaping and irrigation systems, OLUME reduces outdoor water use by 55.78%.

Energy & Atmosphere:

  • Optimize Energy Performance: OLUME reduced energy consumption by 15% below code through ultra-efficient design and building technologies.

Materials and Resources:

  • Construction Waste Management: OLUME successfully diverted 75% of construction and demolition debris from the landfill.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Low-Emitting Materials: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are harmful gases emitted by a wide array of common products. OLUME has specified 100% of our products to emit low-to-no VOCs in order to enhance indoor air quality and support patient and worker health.

Innovation in Design

  • Green Cleaning Program: OLUME implemented a comprehensive Green Cleaning Program to eliminate harmful chemicals used in the building.
  • Heat Island Effect: OLUME made the best use of the parcel and designed of the parking underground.


Sustainability Contact:  stok LLC

Email: hello@stok.com

DIY Green Building

DIY Green Building: Strategies for your Building, Office and Home

OLUME has taken significant strides to become a healthy, high performing building and achieved LEED for New Construction Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED rating system.

Because we spend so much time indoors, green building principals are important to making our spaces healthy and less impactful on our natural environment. Many green building principals only require simple behavioral changes that can be applied to make your office and your home higher performing buildings. Below are low-cost/no-cost strategies and questions to consider when greening your spaces.

Low-cost/no-cost tips for your spaces

Building occupant buy-in

One of the most important factors in achieving a healthier, more sustainable building is gaining occupant/tenant support for green building practice implementation. Without it, single-handedly “going green” will become a much more daunting task!

In your office, consider teaming up with fellow employees and management as well as with those that own and operate the building: facility managers, janitors, vendors, etc. In your home, make sure that your family, roommates and yourself are all committed to green building practices.

Oftentimes education is the best way to get buy-in from your co-habitants. By helping people understand why green building is important to them, you can incite support and make a plan together. For example, efficient systems operation is important to facility managers; lowered utility bills are important to commercial and residential building owners, and improved air quality is important to everyone.

By obtaining buy-in from your co-habitants, implementing green building practices becomes an easier, more enjoyable team effort. Many hands make light work and will also improve the likelihood of ongoing project success.

Sustainable Sites

  • No-cost measure: Is your office or home located near public transportation or bike lanes? For existing buildings, can new lines of transportation or bike lands be developed to decrease your auto-reliance?
  • Are you using native landscaping to reduce your water consumption and maintain your building site’s natural habitat?
  • Are you using organic fertilizers and pest control solutions to lower toxic chemicals in and around your building?
  • Could you paint your roof white or install a green roof to improve insulation, lower summer energy bills and reduce heat island effect?

Water Efficiency

  • No-cost measure: Remember to turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth and reduce usage while washing your hands, dishes or car. Even small reductions can make a big difference.
  • Are you metering your water systems to understand your current consumption?
  • Are you using native landscaping to reduce your water consumption and maintain your building site’s natural habitat?
  • Have your water fixtures been upgraded in the last 5 years? Oftentimes replacing outdated sink faucets, toilets and shower heads to low-flow fixtures will quickly pay itself back in recovered water utility costs. Be sure to have your fixtures analyzed to determine the cost/benefit of replacements, and consider replacing a few fixtures at a time if an overhaul is not within the budget.

Energy and Atmosphere

  • No-cost measure: Are you turning off the lights and appliances when you leave a room and lowering the HVAC when you leave the building? Using power strips are an easy way to turn on and off appliances to use them only when needed.
  • Are you using energy efficient/ENERGY STAR rated appliances and mechanical systems? Plug loads make up a considerable portion of energy costs, so check for an energy efficiency label on all computers, monitors, printers, washers/dryers, HVAC and other building equipment.
  • Have you replaced incandescent light bulbs with efficient fluorescent bulbs or LEDs? While newer light bulb technologies have a higher upfront cost, the cost is offset by lower energy usage and longer lifespan than traditional bulbs making them a wise green building investment.
  • Have you considered installing solar hot water heaters or solar electric panels on your building? Solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are a financially viable way to do so, or you can also offset your energy usage by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from off-site sources.
  • Has your building undergone an energy audit or building commissioning? By investing in a professional auditor or commissioning agent to review the functionality and performance of your building systems you will learn about additional low-cost/no-cost measures that can be implemented. A professional assessment can improve operations and lower utility costs as well as ensure that your systems are in-tact for the health and safety of your occupants.

Materials and Resources

  • No-cost measure: Does your building or city offer recycling or composting? Oftentimes up to 75% of the materials we throw away can be recycled or composted, reducing our landfill reliance and our need to consume additional raw materials for unnecessary production. Call your city to learn about recycling and composting options and to receive a free bin.
  • When printing at home or in the office, be sure to use recycled paper and print on both sides! Look for the recycled label when buying paper products and remember that paper can also be recycled after use.
  • If you need to use disposable dishware, consider using recyclable plastic or paper instead of Styrofoam to reduce landfill usage.
  • If you are building new or remodeling, work with your construction team to ensure that as much construction debris as possible is recycled, rather than sent to the landfill.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • No-cost measure: On temperate days, consider opening a window and turning off the air conditioning and lights. Using natural ventilation and daylighting not only lowers energy bills but can create healthier and happier indoor spaces.
  • Are your cleaning supplies, paints, carpets and wood products non-toxic / low- volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting? VOCs can contribute to smog and are a known carcinogen and respiratory irritant.  Many products that contain VOCs, such as paints and sealants, continue to emit gaseous chemicals long after the “new” smell is gone. Selecting low VOC and low emitting materials helps create healthier, more productive living and working environments.
  • Always be sure to only allow smoking outside of the building!
  • Now that you have a list of ideas for green building improvements, read more about the successes of OLUME’s green building implementations.


Sustainability Contact: stok LLC
Email: hello@stok.com

Green Cleaning

Property management at Olume has in place a Green Cleaning Policy and High Performance Cleaning Program that applies throughout the building. The goal of the Green Cleaning Policy and High Performance Cleaning Program is to minimize exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particle contaminants which may adversely impact air quality, health, building finishes and systems, and the environment, and to balance these needs with the cost and quality of the managed systems to provide a sustainable approach to cleaning and janitorial maintenance.


Green Cleaning by Residents

Property management recommends residents to consider purchasing products that meet at least one of the following criteria from the appropriate category:

Cleaning Products

  1. Green Seal certified
  2. Paper products with recycled content
  3. Environmental Choice certified (EcoLogo)

Cleaning Equipment

  1. Certified by the CRI Seal of Approval Testing Program
  2. Sound level less than 70 dBA
  3. Captures at least 96% of particulates of 0.3 microns in size


Cleaning Guidelines


General Cleaning Tips

  1. Clean all surfaces as instructed in the Walls & Doors, Windows & Mirrors, Floor, and Furniture guidelines on a regular basis. This will reduce buildup of dust, debris, and grime that can lead to illness, produce an odor, or be unpleasant.
  2. Remember to wash sheets and linens regularly.
  3. Check your trash and remove it frequently to avoid odors or illnesses.
  4. This is your space. Live in it how you want but remember that cleaning it is no one’s responsibility but your own.



  1. Check bathroom walls for cobwebs and mold. Use a cobwebber or broom to remove cobwebs. Use a rag with all-purpose cleaner to wipe clean.
  2. Check bathroom mirrors and windows. Wipe with a rag and all-purpose cleaner.
  3. Wipe with a dry rag to remove any spots and streaks.
  4. Wipe sink and counter space with a rag and all-purpose cleaner.
  5. Wipe all shower surfaces with a rag and all-purpose cleaner.
  6. Wipe all toilet surfaces with a rag and all-purpose cleaner.
  7. Use a toilet bowl scrubber to clean the toilet bowl.
  8. Sweep the floor to remove all trash and debris.
  9. Mop the floor to clean.
  10. Remove trash and ensure all toiletry supplies are well stocked.


  1. Check vacuum cleaner for damage. If vacuum is full, empty contents prior to use.
  2. Inspect carpet and remove any objects that can cause damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  3. Plug in the vacuum and move the vacuum forward and backward across the carpet until all areas have been cleaned.
  4. When vacuuming is complete, walk to the outlet to unplug the cord. Wrap the cord into the cord holder before storing the vacuum away.


  1. Turn off electronics and unplug to avoid electric shock or damage to the electronics.
  2. Lightly dampen a rag with all-purpose cleaner and wipe to clean.
  3. Dry well to remove all remaining liquid before repowering electronics.

Hard Floor Surface

  1. Sweep floor to remove dust and dirt.
  2. Use all-purpose cleaner and a mop to wash the floor.
  3. Use a clean rag to dry or allow necessary time to air dry.


  1. Select benign and environmentally-safe detergents. Avoid using harmful chemicals such as bleach, and detergents that use synthetic fragrances or dyes.
  2. Wash with cold water to help preserve the dyes of colored loads.
  3. Be sure to clear your laundry as quickly as possible. Do not let it sit in the machines as others may need to start their laundry.
  4. Check lint trap before drying and remove lint when your drying cycle is done.
  5. Fold clothing in a provided space or in your residence to not obstruct others from doing laundry.

Walls & Doors

  1. Check ceiling and walls for cobwebs. Use a cobwebber or broom to remove.
  2. Spray a dry rag with all-purpose cleaner and wipe to clean.
  3. Use a dry rag to finish.

Windows & Mirrors

  1. Spray a dry rag with all-purpose cleaner or glass cleaner.
  2. Wipe glass surfaces to remove any dirt or buildup.
  3. Wipe dry with a clean rag to remove all spots and streaks. (Washing during daylight hours will help you better notice streaks)

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