IdeAsZ2 Office Building, San Jose, CA - 1st NZE/zero-carbon emissions (Z2) commercial building in U.S.Photo by: David Wakely
San Francisco—What do a leading electrical design firm, one of the world’s largest private foundations and the world’s #1 science center have in common? The answer: pioneering net-zero buildings and EHDD.
EHDD – the highly-regarded San Francisco-based architecture, interiors, planning and urban design firm – has propelled its legacy of mindful, site-specific design into an industry-leading portfolio of net-zero energy (NZE) ‘best-in-class’. “The lessons we’ve learned in our NZE design over the last decade are enabling us to increase the scale of these projects,” notes EHDD president Duncan Ballash, AIA, LEED® AP.
Three of these NZE projects – as listed below – were featured on the tour program for Greenbuild 2012. The world’s largest conference and exposition for green building takes place November 14–16 at Moscone Center.
- IDeAsZ2 Office Building, San Jose, California is the first commercial building in the U.S. designed and built to meet NZE/zero-carbon emissions (Z2) goal. (2007, 6,557 GSF)
- The David and Lucile Packard Foundation HQ, Los Altos, California is the largest private office building in California with a NZE goal. (2012, 49,000 GSF)
- The Exploratorium at Pier 15 is the largest museum of its kind in the U.S., maybe the world, with a NZE goal. (2013, 330,000 GSF)
Two other EHDD projects – Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall and the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building at Mills College in Oakland, California – were also on the tour program.
At Integrated Design Associates, Inc (IDeAs), the goal of changing the world one building at a time is best manifested in its high-performance zero-energy, zero-carbon headquarters. It is also one of the first two projects to receive a NZE Building Certification from the International Living Future Institute. Similarly, the LEED Platinum certified Marin Country Day School – for which EHDD recently received the Merit Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects California Council – sought to create a learning environment to support its mission of motivating students to make a difference in the world.
“Beyond buildings” is how principal-in-charge Scott Shell, FAIA, LEED AP describes The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The non-profit headquarters meets and exceeds the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) criteria and may lay claim to the largest net-zero energy office building in Northern California. “The project was a catalyst for broader organizational sustainability initiatives, exceeding the original criteria to reduce overall footprint.”
Opening in spring 2013, the new home of The Exploratorium is situated on a 1.5-acre campus along the historic San Francisco waterfront. According to the project’s design principal, Marc L’Italien, FAIA, LEED AP, “The museum will enable civic engagement along the Embarcadero and forever change visitors’ relationship to the waters of the bay.”
The Exploratorium – a place where art and science collide to change perceptions – is the perfect catalyst for moving the sustainability conversation forward.
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