The 2010 Energy Efficiency Integration Awards (EEIA) Winners

For their achievement in combining architectural elegance with sustainability and energy efficiency, seven California nonresidential projects received awards of recognition from the 2010 Savings By Design Energy Efficiency Integration Awards program.

Every year, the recognition program, sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric®, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company and Sacramento Municipal Utility District, in conjunction with The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), acknowledges the extra time and effort it takes to successfully integrate architectural excellence and energy efficiency.

The jurors commented that the best projects respond well to climate and have an excellent contextual response to their surrounding area, while maintaining maximum comfort. They added that a building’s expression is what sets it apart as award-winning sustainable design.

  • David Brower Center

    Year: 2010
    Architect: WRT / Solomon E.T.C.
    Owner/Submitted By: Equity Community Builders, LLC
    Location: Berkeley, CA
    Award of Merit

    Green from the ground up, the Brower Center is a powerful model of sustainable, mixed-use development. Utilizing the latest in energy-saving technologies and recycled building materials, the Center will make as light a footprint on the Earth as possible, taking into account the true life-cycle cost of building construction, operation, and maintenance.
    The building is awaiting its LEED Platinum rating from USGBC.

    Some of the design features include:

    •Construction using 53% recycled materials

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  • DPR Construction Net Zero Office

    Year: 2010
    Architect: Callison Architects, P.C.
    Owner/Submitted By: DPR Construction, Inc.
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Award of Merit

    The Opportunity:  take a typical suburban office building nearing obsolescence and turn it into a forward thinking, sustainable, and vibrant new home for our office.  This was the challenge facing us as we embarked on a rehabilitation of the one story tilt-up built in 1978.

    Water use is decreased by over 51% by replacing all existing fixtures with low-flow fixtures including solar-power, dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, 0.5 gpm lavatories, and 1.25 gpm shower heads.

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  • City of Watsonville Water Resources Center

    Year: 2010
    Architect: WRNS Studio
    Owner/Submitted By: City of Watsonville
    Location: Watsonville, CA
    Award of Merit

    The new City of Watsonville Water Resources Center supports the Water Recycling Project, a joint effort of the City of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, to provide recycled water to farmers throughout the coastal areas of South Santa Cruz and North Monterey counties. Groundwater in the valley is being consumed more quickly than it can be replenished, resulting in saltwater intrusion into coastal wells.

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