by Brent Sauser
Article Source: Asad Syrkett; GreenSource Magazine – May/Junue 2013 Edition
Located in the greater Los Angeles area of Agoura Hills, resides the first phase of the new Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters. Designed by ZGF Architects the new foundation HQ is seeking LEED Platinum certification and is hoped to achieve a Net Zero energy performance (currently under review). The first of four two-story office buildings, this first phase totals 22,240 square feet, at $24 million. The facility utilizes many passive design features to minimize mechanical means to heat and cool the building. In particular, they are:
- Clerestory windows (improving daylighting)
- East-West building orientation
- Long, narrow rectangular design to allow maximum light exposure
- Automated shades
- Planted roof
- Passive downdraft HVAC system featuring 17 shafts (or chimneys)
- Natural ventilation
- Two-story center atrium to permit natural ventilation and interior daylighting
Active systems include:
- 1,000 SF solar thermal-heating system
- Water-cooled chilling
- 115.2 kW photovoltaic array
The new Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters is not just a new office complex, but a shining example of what can be done to build Net Zero, reflecting a gentler, more sensitive approach to how man and environment can better coexist. Everyone wins with this approach to design and construction. This project is another well executed example of how we can enjoy our expected creature comforts and in the process, give something back . . . or at the very minimum, remain energy neutral with all on site power demands. This project demonstrates that building in context to nature and the surrounding environment can be achieved with careful planning and attention to passive design principles.
The Net Zero building movement is gaining traction, with more and more Net Zero buildings coming on-line every day. This is not a passing trend or design fad. Net Zero design is here to stay and is only getting bigger, better. The entire design and building community is moving in the Net Zero direction not only because legislation is mandating it . . . but, because it is the right thing to do.
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