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The 2005 Energy Efficiency Integration Awards (EEIA) Winners

“Casa Nueva” Santa Barbara County Office BuildingGlobal Ecology Research CenterCesar Chavez Elementary SchoolThe Audubon Center at Debs ParkEastern Sierra Inter-Agency Visitors CenterMorgan Hill Aquatics CenterNatural Resources Defense Council InteriorSolana Pacific Elementary School
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“Casa Nueva” Santa Barbara County Office Building

Global Ecology Research Center

Cesar Chavez Elementary School

The Audubon Center at Debs Park

Eastern Sierra Inter-Agency Visitors Center

Morgan Hill Aquatics Center

Natural Resources Defense Council Interior

Solana Pacific Elementary School

For their expert integration of energy efficiency with outstanding architectural design, eight nonresidential projects in California have received honors as the culmination of the 2005 Savings By Design Energy Efficiency Integration Awards.

“Between the record number of entries and the general evolution of expertise in energy efficient design, this year’s competition was intense,” commented Charles Angyal, FAIA, Chief Architect at San Diego Gas & Electric. “But the deserving winners still rose solidly to the top, setting new standards for the design community.”

The jurors cited the projects’ masterful use of design to create beautiful, high quality working and learning environments that seamlessly integrate energy efficiency.

  • “Casa Nueva” Santa Barbara County Office Building
  • “Casa Nueva” Santa Barbara County Office Building

    Year: 2005
    Architect: Blackbird Architects, Inc.
    Owner/Submitted By: Santa Barbara County
    Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    Award of High Honor

    Resting on an airy rise in a campus of county buildings, this 28,000 square foot office building houses 105 employees. Costing no more than conventional construction, the project’s vibrant workspaces encourage users to tune into their own environment with an open floor plan, user-controlled daylighting, operable windows and HVAC system. A trellis of simple yet dramatic shade fabric and flowering wisteria shields the south and west sides from seasonal heat gain.

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  • Global Ecology Research Center
  • Global Ecology Research Center

    Year: 2005
    Architect: EHDD Architecture
    Owner/Submitted By: Carnegie Institute of Washington
    Location: Stanford, CA
    Award of Honor

    This research facility at Stanford University houses 45 researchers and staff in roughly 25,000 square feet. Its functions include laboratory, office, workshop, greenhouse, and storage space. The project team set an overall goal of 50 percent lower energy use than Title 24 while maintaining a very modest construction budget and meeting the strictest standards for safe air management in the lab and excellent indoor air quality in the offices. In addition, strategies such as natural daylighting and radiant heating/cooling assure optimum occupant thermal, and acoustic and visual comfort.

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  • Cesar Chavez Elementary School
  • Cesar Chavez Elementary School

    Year: 2005
    Architect: LPA, Inc.
    Owner/Submitted By: Long Beach Unified School District
    Location: Long Beach, CA
    Award of Merit

    Located in a once blighted downtown redevelopment area, this K-5 school was envisioned in combination with a community park as a catalyst for redevelopment and community pride. It includes classrooms, an onsite health clinic, a joint use gymnasium, hard courts, and a lunch shelter. Sited on an extremely restrictive 2.5 acres, it encompasses 75,000 square feet of enclosed space and performs 29.3 percent better than Title 24 requirements.

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  • The Audubon Center at Debs Park
  • The Audubon Center at Debs Park

    Year: 2005
    Architect: EHDD Architecture
    Owner/Submitted By: The Audubon Center at Debs Park
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Award of Merit

    This nature center is purposely sited in an ecologically degraded native habitat on the edge of an under-utilized public park two miles from downtown Los Angeles. The center is a staging area for bringing children outdoors into nature and includes a multipurpose class/meeting room, offices and reception areas, a children’s garden, interpretative trails, kitchen, storage, library, restrooms, and parking. The 6,747 square foot building is 100 percent solar-powered and its Title 24 compliance margin with renewable energy is 110.5 percent.

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  • Eastern Sierra Inter-Agency Visitors Center
  • Eastern Sierra Inter-Agency Visitors Center

    Year: 2005
    Architect: Marcy Wong & Donn Logan Architects
    Owner/Submitted By: USDA Forest Service
    Location: Lone Pine, CA
    Citation Award

    Sited on 12 acres in a picturesque valley near Mount Whitney, this 6,000 square foot facility combines exhibit space, a bookstore, inventory preparation and storage areas, pubic restrooms, office area and foyer with information and permit counters. In designing this energy efficient project, The design team integrated lightshelves and sun shades, a ground source heat pump, high-albedo roofing, and fenestration that minimizes heat gain and loss and maximizes views of Mt Whitney.

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  • Morgan Hill Aquatics Center
  • Morgan Hill Aquatics Center

    Year: 2005
    Architect: ELS Architecture and Urban Design
    Owner/Submitted By: City of Morgan Hill
    Location: Morgan Hill, CA
    Citation Award

    This recreational and competitive aquatic facility includes an 8,825 square foot building on 8.5 acres of a flat, rural site. It integrates design, energy saving features, and programming to create an outdoor social center with four pools and low-maintenance support buildings. Among its most innovative energy-saving features is the use of windscreens to reduce pool heating costs by 40 percent. The overall project exceeds Title 24 standards by 21 percent.

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  • Natural Resources Defense Council Interior
  • Natural Resources Defense Council

    Year: 2005
    Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
    Owner/Submitted By: Natural Resources Defense Council
    Location: San Francisco, CA
    Citation Award

    This office interior renovation comprises 19,700 square feet on two floors of an existing downtown office building constructed in 1927. The project includes private offices, open work areas, conference rooms, and a law library. The design minimizes energy use, maximizes comfort, enhances access to daylight, views, and indoor air quality, uses recycled/renewable/non-toxic materials, and implemented aggressive water management and indoor air quality during construction. It boasts a Title 24 compliance margin that exceeds 50 percent.

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  • Solana Pacific Elementary School
  • Solana Pacific Elementary School

    Year: 2005
    Architect: HMC Architects
    Owner/Submitted By: Solana Beach School District
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Citation Award

    Designed to take advantage of on-shore breezes for natural passive cooling, this 80,000 square foot school serving 550 students exceeds Title 24 requirements by 27 percent. The project also maximizes occupant thermal comfort, indoor air quality and use of recycled materials.

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