The Greenest Building in the World?

DSC_0783Studio G’s Managing Principal, Gail Sullivan, recently escaped the harsh Boston winter for a trip to San Francisco where she participated in a tour of the Packard Foundation headquarters led by the Living Future Institute. This innovative LEED® Platinum building was designed to consciously reflect the values of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and is now the largest Net Zero Energy certified building in the world, producing more power than it consumes each year. Our Studio G team is always on the hunt for cutting-edge sustainable design practices, materials, certifications and technologies – and the Packard Foundation building was a gold (green?) mine of inspiration!

Here are a few facts about this amazing building:

DSC_0784Net Zero Energy

Offset 100% of building’s energy needs by:

  • Electricity production via  915 rooftop solar panels
  • Effective use of daylight to supplement artificial lighting
  • Efficient heating and cooling using innovative chilled beam technology

Water Conservation

Reduce water consumption by 40% through:

  • Storing up to 20,000 gallons of rainwater for irrigation and toilet flushing
  • Use living green roof and rooftop gutters to assist with rainwater collection
  • Irrigate only when and where needed using drip irrigation and smart controls

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Materials and Waste

Reduce water consumption by 40% through:

  • Storing up to 20,000 gallons of rainwater for irrigation and toilet flushing
  • Use living green roof and rooftop gutters to assist with rainwater collection
  • Irrigate only when and where needed using drip irrigation and smart controls

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Ecosystem Impact

Care for local ecosystems by:

  • Using 90% California native plants in our landscape to eliminate pesticides needed by foreign plants – See plant list
  • Plantings provide familiar food and shelter for local birds and insects and attract native pollinators
  • Using rain gardens and permeable paving to reduce runoff and filter pollutants

To learn more, please visit:

http://www.packard.org/about-the-foundation/our-green-headquarters/

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