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Top Ten Measure 1: Sustainable Design Intent & Innovation

This building distinguishes itself from most conventionally developed projects in that it incorporates energy-efficient measures that exceed standard practice, optimize building performance, and ensure reduced energy use during all phases of construction and occupancy.

The planning and design emerged from close consideration and employment of passive design strategies. These strategies include:

  • locating and orienting the building to control solar cooling loads
  • shaping and orienting the building for exposure to prevailing winds
  • shaping the building to induce buoyancy for natural ventilation
  • designing windows to maximize daylighting
  • shading south-facing windows and minimizing west-facing glazing
  • designing windows to maximize natural ventilation
  • utilizing low-flow fixtures and stormwater management
  • shaping and planning the interior to enhance daylight and natural airflow distribution

Based on California Title 24-2005 published by USGBC on November 19, 2007, this building is nearly 50% more efficient than a conventionally designed structure of the same type.

Our thanks to the ENERGY STAR program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and to the U.S. Department of Energy, and to BuildingGreen, Inc. for hosting the submission and judging forms.

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