The Sheldon's transformation from dilapidated structure to a thriving 13-unit urban community was conducted with a focus on sustainability. To ensure that the renovation of the building had a low environmental impact, the original building was largely preserved and construction materials were salvaged whenever possible.

Sustainable features at the Sheldon include:

Solar Electric System
  • In 2020 a 16.2 kW Solar Electric System was installed on the roof of The Sheldon.
  • The yearly impact of generating this clean energy is the environmental equivalent of growing 248 trees for 10 years, or not driving a car 37,194 miles.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • High-efficiency building systems, including gas hot water heaters + boiler.
  • Because this building has been renovated, the energy used to obtain construction materials and build the original structure is conserved. This concept is called embodied energy.
  • Paint, sealants, caulks, adhesives, etc were all chosen for their minimal off-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Earth-friendly cleaning products used in all common areas.
Energy-Conserving Features
  • Energy-efficient building lighting, including compact-fluorescent light bulbs used throughout common spaces.
  • Energy-Star air-conditioning, kitchen and laundry room appliances.
  • Double-paned windows provide excellent insulation in both summer and winter.
Water-Conserving Features
  • Every unit comes with Niagara flapperless toilets that conserve water while still offering a powerful flush.
  • Water-conserving plumbing fixtures used throughout building.
  • Located in a walkable community, with restaurants, shopping and services easily accessible on foot.
  • Indoor bike parking available to all tenants, free of charge.
  • Walking distance to Metro (U Street/Cardozo Station and Dupont Circle Station).
Waste Disposal
  • Building-wide recycling, including special programs for fluorescent bulbs and batteries.