By Presidio Greenbuild
Presidio GreenBuild took a recent field trip to get away from finals and visit San Francisco's first ever Net Zero office building. Olga Budu (C21), Bo Han (C21) and Darin Bernstein (C21) joined fellow PGS alum Burke Pemberton (C15) and Jacob Arlein at Environmental Building Strategies (EBS). Located at 945 Front Street, EBS shares the building with DPR Construction who graciously gave us the tour.
Net Zero is a designation given by the Living Building Challenge which states that a building's annual net energy usage must not exceed its net energy consumption. DPR makes use of hundreds of PV solar panels to satisfy its demand while using dozens of green building strategies such as demand management, low-voltage fans, self-adjusting smart glass and solar-tubed lighting to reduce its consumption. In addition to being functional, the building is beautiful and would have cost approximately the same as conventional tenant improvements had they not needed to reinforce the roof for solar panels.
Presidio GreenBuild especially enjoyed the indoor garden, ping-pong table, Sonos speaker system and massive living walls.
For those interested in attending a future event with GreenBuild, USGBC Northern California Chapter is hosting the 12th annual Water Conservation Showcase on March 24th here in San Francisco. The event is free but registration is limited so for more information, please visit http://www.usgbc-ncc.
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