The recipient of the prestigious COTE Top 10 Award (Committee on the Environment), the profession's most rigorous recognition program for sustainable design excellence.
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 publicly-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.