Net Zero Buildings

Net-Zero Fire Station

Helping Salt Lake City’s Fire Station No. 14 become one of the first net-zero fire stations in the country is Tubelite’s 400TU Series Therml=Block curtainwall, T1400 I/O Series multi-pane storefront, operable windows, side entrance doors and INT45 interior framing systems. As part of the city’s larger “Climate Positive 2040” plan, Salt Lake City is seeking net-100% renewable electricity by 2030, and to reduce carbon pollution by 80% by the year 2040. According to Tubelite, the energy-efficient thermal performance and condensation resistance, indoor air quality and natural ventilation, daylight and views delivered by these projects also contribute to the physical

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Plaza Verde—University of California Irvine

Exterior Lighting Aids Net-Zero Effort

Plaza Verde is a housing complex on the University of California Irvine (UCI) campus. KTGY Architecture + Planning was commissioned to design the complex to connect east campus housing with the main institutional buildings.Illuminating the way are Luminis’ Lumistik CL821 columns. “Security—real and perceived—is always a key consideration for undergraduate student housing,” said Benjamin Kasdan, associate principal at KTGY. “The goal is to ensure the resident students feel safe, but also to reassure their parents.”To this end, transparency is an intentional design element, inside the buildings and out. All structures have breezeways on the main floors

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SolarZone

Shaded Charging Station

Imagine a comfortable, shaded oasis where you can relax while charging your mobile devices and laptops. A standalone solar shade and charging structure, each SolarZone includes four wireless chargers and four outlets for mobile device and laptop charging. With its LSX Modules, one has unlimited charging ability when the sun is shining. When the sun goes down, the SolarZone has enough battery storage for eight hours of laptop charging, four hours of wireless mobile device charging and can keep the lights on for more than eight hours. The integrated LED lighting makes it a great place to hang out into the evening and the lights can be programmed to turn on and off automatically based on whatev

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Apple Central & Wolfe Campus, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Buying Into a ‘Zero’ Vision

In September 2015, the 815,000-sq.-ft. Sunnyvale, Calif., office research and development campus known as Central & Wolfe[LW1], was leased to Apple in what turned out to be the largest, single new office lease in the United States that year.The complex consists of three connected four-story office buildings, each with an internal courtyard, and a two-story standalone amenity building featuring cafés, banking, athletic courts, retail and restaurants. The central quad features an open plaza, detailed landscaping, public art, a 500-person sunken amphitheater, a large dining terrace, outdoor pavilions and café chairs and tables.All employees will be within a 2.5-minute walk (or less) from th

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All-Electric Apartment Development

A new apartment complex in Herriman, Utah, is offering residents clean energy living and greater energy resilience along with access to EV charging and a club house with a pool and fitness center. Soleil Lofts is a 600-unit, all-electric development that uses rooftop solar and a battery storage system from Sonnen in every residence to form a 12.6 MW-hour “virtual power plant” (VPP). Though the $34 million VPP is owned by project developer The Wasatch Group, it will be managed by the local utility, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP). The utility will be able to operate the community’s aggregated battery output to help power residents during high-demand periods. And, the combination

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