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14 West Coast Buildings That Use No Energy Whatsoever

    14 West Coast Buildings That Use No Energy Whatsoever

    The New Buildings Institute just came out with a list of Verified Zero Energy Buildings, and California dominated the list, with 14 out of the 39 buildings. Here they are.

    Diamond X Ranch Student Intern Center- Malibu

    Diamond X Ranch Student Intern Center- Malibu

    Location: Calabasas

    Building Type: Lodging

    Size: 3,500 SF

    Cool Energy Feature: A grid-tied 35 killowat photovoltaic system provides 100% of the energy needs for the dorm each year, as well as surplus energy for a nearby maintenance office.

    Vacaville Transportation Center

    Vacaville Transportation Center

    Location: Vacaville

    Building Type: Transportation

    Size: 261,360 SF

    Cool Energy Feature: Refractive glass windscreens, curving along the spine of each bench, produce warm glare-free illumination from hidden LED lights. 

    David and Lucile Packard Foundation

    David and Lucile Packard Foundation

    Location: Los Altos

    Building Type: Office

    Size: 49,161 SF

    Cool Energy Feature: Crowned largest Net Zero Energy certified building in the world, the building has energy-, water- and resource-conserving characteristics.

    Sacred Hearts Schools Stevens Public Library

    Sacred Hearts Schools Stevens Public Library

    Location: Atherton

    Building type: Library

    Size: 6,300 SF

    Cool Energy Feature: In addition to a being a serene learning environment for students, the library is independent from fossil fuels and has reduced the campus’ resource usage. 

    West Berkeley Public Library

    West Berkeley Public Library

    Location: Berkeley

    Building type: Library

    Size: 9,300 SF

    Cool Energy Feature: The first “net zero” energy library in the state, it has solar panels producing on average 500 kilowatts per hour more per month than the building uses.

    DPR Construction San Diego Net Zero Office

    DPR Construction San Diego Net Zero Office

    Location: San Diego

    Building Type: Office

    Size: 24k SF

    Cool Energy Feature: This cutting-edge office building remodel was the first commercial building to achieve LEED NC v2.2 Platinum certification in San Diego.

    Watsonville Water Resources Center

    Watsonville Water Resources Center

    Location: Watsonville

    Building Type: Office

    Size: 16k SF

    Cool Energy Feature: The HVAC system delivers thermal comfort and ventilation separately.

    Leslie Shao-Ming Sun Field Station

    Leslie Shao-Ming Sun Field Station

    Location: Woodside

    Building Type: Education

    Size: 13,200 SF

    Cool Energy Feature: Due to the warm climate, the building’s largest energy load is cooling.

    Challengers Tennis Club

    Challengers Tennis Club

    Location: Los Angeles

    Building Type: Recreation

    Size: 3,500 SF

    Cool Energy Feature: The building has a PV array on the roof that provides 100% of the facility's necessary electricity consumption.

    Audubon Center at Debs Park

    Audubon Center at Debs Park

    Location: East Los Angeles

    Building Type: Conservation center

    Size: 5,020 SF

    Cool Energy Feature: It's the first in LA to be entirely powered by on-site solar systems, functioning entirely "off the grid."

     

    IDeAs Z2 Design Facility

    IDeAs Z2 Design Facility

    Location: San Jose

    Building Type: Office

    Size: 6,557 SF

    Cool Energy Feature: An integrated design approach focused on plug load reduction, plentiful daylighting and continuous energy metering.

     

    Bacon Street Offices

    Bacon Street Offices

    Location: San Diego

    Building Type: Office

    Size: 4,500 SF

    Cool Energy Feature: Passive and active strategies for power, water heating, lighting and ventilation are all utilized in the design of the buildings operations.  

    Environmental Technology Center Sonoma State

    Environmental Technology Center Sonoma State

    Location: Rohnert Park

    Building Type: Education

    Size: 2,200 SF

    Cool Energy Feature: Passive solar heating and cooling, daylighting and advanced window systems.

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