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Year: 2006
Award Type: Award of Merit
Territory: SCE Territory
Location: Sun Valley, CA
Owner: City of Los Angeles
Developer: City of Los Angeles
Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux
Market Segement:
Government / Civic
Square Footage: 12,500
Type of Building:
Libraries & Assembly Buildings
Award Credit:

Design Team

GreenWorks Studio, Inc.Ph


RMA Photography


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Sun Valley Branch Library

Sun Valley Branch Library Interior

Sun Valley Branch Library Interior Detail

Sun Valley Branch Library Schematic

Sun Valley Branch Library

This project is a replacement building for a smaller library on the same site, encompassing 12,500 square feet on one acre of land. It is one of 32 projects in the 1998 Library Bond Program and one of only two projects to achieve a Gold level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The library achieved sustainable design goals through thoughtful integration of both energy efficiency and renewable energy into the final design. Careful planning, massing, and use of materials increased the efficiency to 29 percent better than Title 24 standards. Building integrated photovoltaic roof tiles provide more than 30 percent of the building’s energy and maximize production during peak load periods to contribute to energy security. The combined benefit of efficiency and renewable production reduces the building’s demand for energy by over 50 percent compared to Title 24 requirements.

The jurors were impressed with this project’s effective use of space and creative use of landscaping on its tight site. They praised the building’s well-balanced daylighting solution (putting daylight in the most critical areas), playful use of natural light, and notable energy performance.

    Notable Accomplishments

  • Increased the efficiency to 29 percent better than Title 24 standards.


  • Marlin Addison

    Title: Principal of M.S
    Company: Addison and Associates
    Location: Tempe, AZ

    Mr. Addison is recognized nationally as a leading expert in the practice of energy efficient building design and the professional use of detailed building energy use simulation. During his career, he has consulted on some of the nation’s most notable showcase sustainable building projects including the National Audubon Society Headquarters in New York City and the Natural Resources Defense Council office in Santa Monica, Calif. Due to his unique educational and professional experience, Mr. Addison has been selected by the U.S. DOE, LBL, PNL, NIST, and NREL to serve on a variety of panels and projects guiding federal building energy research. He also serves as clinical assistant professor and director of the Building Energy Simulation Lab at Arizona State University’s College of Design. His M.S. in Energy Efficient Building Design combined graduate course work in architecture, architectural engineering, mechanical engineering, and operations research.

  • Sandra Mendler, AIA

    Title: Vice President and Sustainable Design Principal
    Company: HOK
    Location: San Francisco, CA

    A nationally recognized, award-winning sustainable design leader, Ms. Mendler has contributed to numerous high profile showcase projects – three of which have been recognized by AIA as top ten Green Buildings of the Year. She serves on the US Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors and is past chair of the national AIA Committee on the Environment. The co-author of the HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, published by John Wiley & Sons, Ms. Mendler contributes regularly to industry publications and events. She holds degrees in architecture from Washington University and Pratt Institute.

  • Hofu Wu, ArchD, FAIA

    Title: Professor of Architecture
    Company: Cal Poly Pomona
    Location: Pomona, CA

    Hofu Wu, ArchD, FAIA

    Dr. Wu has devoted more than 25 years to teaching advanced energy efficient technologies and their integration in architectural design and currently serves as director of Cal Poly’s Environmental Design Technology Unit. In addition to his involvement in committees that generate national energy standards, he has always been an advocate of the USGBC’s LEED program. As an environment and energy consultant, his clients include utility companies, private corporations, state and federal governments as well as national and international research laboratories. His research papers have been published widely in conference proceedings. Dr. Wu holds a B. A. in Architecture degree from Tamkang University in Taiwan, an M. A. in Architecture degree from University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Architecture degree from University of Michigan.

Award Credit

Design Team

GreenWorks Studio, Inc.Ph


RMA Photography

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