The first Zero Net Energy library in California, with a net zero annual energy bill and zero carbon footprint, the LEED Platinum structure is a significant contribution to the City of Berkeley’s ambitious climate action plan goals.
The first publicly-funded ZNE municipal building in California and only the third ZNE publically-funded building in the US, the library’s ZNE design saved the City of Berkeley over $1 million and a forty-year payoff of the carbon footprint.
The renovated library serves as a critical safety net and social network for new arrivals to the community.
The building and site development creates a prominent civic presence and active community hub for a diverse and historically underserved neighborhood.
Extensive passive design and energy optimization strategies—including a high-performance building envelope, daylighting, solar thermal panels, radiant flooring and natural ventilation—minimize the total energy load.