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Project Profile: West Berkeley Public Library

Project3The West Berkeley Public Library (WBPL) is a new 9,339 square-foot library located in a vibrant, diverse urban neighborhood of Berkeley. It will be the first publicly funded verified Zero Net Energy public library in California.

In 2009, the City of Berkeley published its Climate Action Plan, seeking to reduce the city’s green house gas emissions to 33% below 2000 levels by 2020. The city realized achieving this aggressive goal would require all new city buildings to be Zero Net Energy (ZNE).

Harley Ellis Devereaux’ s design for the ZNE West Berkeley Library was particularly innovative, in that it utilized proven technology and passive strategies in a highly integrated, high performing design. In comparison to other libraries completed within months of West Berkeley, there is negligible premium in construction cost. Cost comparisons are available.

Project1HED in concert with PG&E Savings By Design, carried out climate, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), daylighting, insolation and energy modeling analyses to verify that it’s natural ventilation and daylighting strategies would be appropriate and optimized. The final design is a testament of a highly integrated passively cooled/ventilated, daylighted, ultra low energy building with installed renewable energy sources. With no natural gas to the building, it is a true zero (GHG) emissions building. The project is currently targeting LEED Platinum and is performing above expectations. The project cost is $7.5 million ($5,567,000 construction costs) and was completed in December 2013.

Project Profile: Harley Ellis Devereaux
Name: West Berkeley Public Library
Location: 11125 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Scope: New Construction
Size: 9,399sf
Completion Date: December 2013
Cost per square foot: $592.30
Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux
Sustainability Consultant: Harley Ellis Devereaux
Structural Engineer: Tipping Mar
MEP Engineering: Timmons Design/Harley Ellis Devereaux
Audio Visual: Smith, Fause & McDonald Inc
Photography: Mark Luthringer Photography
Landscape: John North Roberts
Civil Engineering: Moran Engineering