Construction firm's San Francisco office city's first certified net-zero energy commercial building

DPR Construction (DPR), a builder focused on complex and sustainable projects, is home to San Francisco’s first net-zero energy commercial office building.

The company’s office has been certified by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) through its Living Building Challenge(SM) program, according to a press release. The building produces more energy than it consumes.

By being both the owner and contractor for the renovation project, DPR was able to push the limits on its sustainability goals for the 24,010-square-foot building and create a living lab of sustainable business practices for San Francisco.

In eight months, DPR, design firm FME Architecture + Design, Oakland-based consulting firm Integral Group and 58 other essential partners, researched, designed, permitted and built a highly-efficient, modern workplace with a number of innovative sustainability features including:

  • Three hundred and forty-three SunPower 345-watt photovoltaic (PV) panels to produce a 118kW renewable energy system and provide power throughout the office
  • Complete structural renovation and roof replacement to support the PV system
  • Rooftop solar thermal water heating system
  • Nineteen Solatube750 DS Daylighting System
  • Eight Velux solar-powered, automated operable skylights over the atrium
  • Two large atrium skylights that were retrofitted with View Dynamic Glazing to control heat gain and diffuse natural light
  • Nine 8-foot Essence and four Haiku Big Ass fans that efficiently promote air flow within the office
  • Three living walls installed by Habitat Horticulture in addition to a living wine bar – live plants growing beneath the glass bar top
  • Reclaimed redwood from the deconstructed Moffett Field Hangar One in Mountain View, Calif. and reclaimed Douglas fir from piles salvaged from the San Francisco Transbay Transit Center Project
  • AER-DEC sink and ultra-low flow and flush plumbing fixtures by Sloan Valve Co.
  • Honeywell command wall touch technology incorporated BMS System
  • First deployed LEED dynamic plaque assisting with tracking building performance


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