Small Firm Forum: Berkeley West Branch Library

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Location: Berkeley West Branch Library, 1125 University Avenue, Berkeley (east of San Pablo Avenue)
Everyone is welcomed to attend an optional no-host lunch at Priya North and South Indian Cuisine, 2072 San Pablo Avenue (west side of first block south of University).
Free and open to all. Click here to RSVP.


Join the Small Firm Forum of a tour of the West Berkeley Public Library in September!

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.

Speaker Bio:

Luciana Arim has 15 years of architectural experience in the State of California and brings with her an international perspective having worked abroad. Her skills include the full range of processes critical to successful projects, from budgeting to cost estimating to construction administration. In addition, her excellent communication and coordination skills are key to her experience in Design Reviews and the Building Permitting Process.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this program, attendees will:

  1. Understand how a climate action plan can impact a project for ZNE.
  2. The importance of setting design criteria for design build systems like PV or solar thermal where ZNE in a highly integrated building is concerned.
  3. For systems like PV, ensuring how you design the interface between the roof and their racks is future proof and accounts for roof slope.
  4. Understand how the systems and design strategies work for this particular ZNE building in its specific climate and site.

West Berkeley Library

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