Design Tour: West Berkeley Public Library

Friday, September 6, 2013
1125 University Avenue at San Pablo, Berkeley, 94602
$5 AIA East Bay Members; $10 Non-members
Click here to register
All must bring their own hard hat, vest and wear appropriate shoes.

Join AIA East Bay for a special hard hat tour of the West Berkeley Public Library, led by Gerard Lee, AIA.

The 9,500sf West Berkeley Public Library situated along bustling University Ave is projected to be a net zero energy (and potentially net positive) with a EUI of 17kbtuh/sf-yr.

The project’s building team, led by Harley Ellis Devereaux’s GreenWorks Studio (, is targeting LEED Gold. The $5.5 million library is one of the first projects to take part in the California Public Utility Commission’s ZNE Energy Pilot Program, supported by the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Passive design strategies like natural ventilation, radiant heating/cooling, and daylighting helped meet the aggressive energy goals. Prevailing winds off the Bay made natural ventilation a logical approach.  With the help of CFD modeling, the design team devised a clever natural ventilation scheme that uses negative pressure to pull in fresh air at the rear of the building and then circulate it through the interior spaces.


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