Green Project, Award of Merit: The Zero Net Energy Center, San Leandro
The meeting and learning center is the first large-scale commercial building retrofit to meet the U.S. Dept. of Energy's definition of an annual net-zero energy use building. Once an energy hog, the precast concrete building now serves as a demonstration project to instruct thousands of electrical apprentices each year on how to install renewable energy systems. The design incorporates wind and solar power generating technology in the facade, on the roof and on the site. The systems are designed to reduce energy use by 75% compared with similar commercial buildings.
Contractor NOVO Construction
Owner IBEW Local 595 and NECA Northern Calif. Chapter
Architect FCGA Architecture
Structural Engineer MBA Structural Engineers Inc.
MEP Engineer Belden Inc.
Energy Consultant Environmental Building Strategies
Solar Energy Consultant Cubed LLC
Renewables Contractor Red Top Electric