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The 2005 Energy Efficiency Integration Awards (EEIA) Winners

“Casa Nueva” Santa Barbara County Office Building

For their expert integration of energy efficiency with outstanding architectural design, eight nonresidential projects in California have received honors as the culmination of the 2005 Savings By Design Energy Efficiency Integration Awards.

“Between the record number of entries and the general evolution of expertise in energy efficient design, this year’s competition was intense,” commented Charles Angyal, FAIA, Chief Architect at San Diego Gas & Electric. “But the deserving winners still rose solidly to the top, setting new standards for the design community.”

The jurors cited the projects’ masterful use of design to create beautiful, high quality working and learning environments that seamlessly integrate energy efficiency.

  • “Casa Nueva” Santa Barbara County Office Building
  • “Casa Nueva” Santa Barbara County Office Building

    Year: 2005
    Architect: Blackbird Architects, Inc.
    Owner/Submitted By: Santa Barbara County
    Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    Award of High Honor

    Resting on an airy rise in a campus of county buildings, this 28,000 square foot office building houses 105 employees. Costing no more than conventional construction, the project’s vibrant workspaces encourage users to tune into their own environment with an open floor plan, user-controlled daylighting, operable windows and HVAC system. A trellis of simple yet dramatic shade fabric and flowering wisteria shields the south and west sides from seasonal heat gain.

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