A comprehensive retro-commissioning process, spearheaded by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, identified many opportunities for improving the San Francisco City Hall’s overall sustainability.
San Francisco’s City Hall Becomes the Oldest US Building to Receive LEED Platinum Certification
Thornton Tomasetti performed LEED and sustainability consulting for the retrofit of San Francisco’s 100-year-old City Hall. The upgrades will reduce the 516,500-square-foot building’s energy consumption by approximately 20 percent and save 825,000 gallons of water per year. Our work included an in-depth gap analysis, assessment of all systems for potential improvements, evaluation of which options would provide the best return on investment and a review of one year of actual data to verify results.
And Speaking of LEED Platinum…
The San Diego State University Aztec Student Union was awarded LEED Platinum certification in May. We provided LEED consulting services for the new 176,000-square-foot building. Contact Lynn Simon for more information.
Village Centre Apartments to be Among Largest PHUIS+ Developments in the US
We are providing passive house consulting for Village Centre Apartments, a 48-unit affordable housing community in Brewer, Maine. The 54,400-square-foot project is pursuing the rigorous PHIUS+ certification for ultra-low-energy buildings under the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS).
Colin Schless and Michael Pulaski guided the project team through the selection of the most cost-effective R40 wall system – a double-stud wall filled with cellulose insulation. They also analyzed more than 10 mechanical systems, taking into consideration price point and the ability to achieve the level of efficiency needed to meet PHIUS+ standards.
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Sustainability Practice Leader Gunnar Hubbard Named AIA Fellow
Principal and Sustainability Practice Leader Gunnar Hubbard was recently elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. His investiture ceremony took place on May 15 during the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
AIA Fellow designation (FAIA) is awarded to architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society, and to those who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Gunnar has more than 25 years of experience as an architect, consultant, educator and advocate for projects throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
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