C.W. Driver Completes Net-Zero Construction of Alpine Library

C.W. Driver Companies, based in Pasadena, Calif., has completed construction on one of San Diego County’s first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings, the Alpine Library in Alpine. C.W. Driver, San Diego-based Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects, and architect Manuel Oncina designed the building.

BREEAM Certification to Share Green Market with LEED in U.S.

The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM), the UK’s leading green-building rating system for 24 years, is coming to the U.S. as part of a partnership with San Francisco-based LEED consultancy BuildingWise. London-based Building Research Establishment (BRE) manages BREEAM certifications, and the new BREEAM In-Use International standard will evaluate the potential 5.6 million existing commercial buildings not currently certified in the U.S.

National Pet Hospital Headquarters Seeks Highest LEED Certification

The corporate headquarters of Banfield Pet Hospital, relocating from Portland, Ore., to Vancouver, is seeking the highest LEED certification for its dog-friendly workplace.

Solar Energy Lab Wins Design Award, Stands Out for Sustainable Materials

AIA East Bay awarded the University of Berkeley’s solar energy lab the Citation Award for its remarkable design in late 2015.

Santa Monica Makes Rooftop Solar Panels Mandatory

In April, Santa Monica City Council passed the ordinance mandating rooftop solar systems be built on all new buildings, residential and commercial, in the city.

Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena Features Energy-Efficient Technologies

The new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is now one of the world’s most automated and energy-efficient entertainment, sporting and concert venues, as it features custom-designed connected technology solutions from Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation.

Mixed-Use Development in Boulder Earns LEED Platinum

1738 Pearl Street, a mixed-use property in downtown Boulder designed by Denver real estate investment company Unico Properties, recently achieved LEED Platinum Core and Shell, making it Boulder’s first privately owned LEED Platinum building, according to Unico Sustainability.

University of California Merced Continues Green Efforts

The University of California Merced has improved its sustainability rating through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), after a long and rigorous review process, according to University of California Merced.

Rachlin Partners Creates STEM Acronym for Design

Rachlin Partners, an architecture firm based in Culver City, is helping transform the traditional school model into a 21st century learning space, where teachers and staff can advance the ideas of collaboration and project-based learning.

San Luis Obispo Women’s Jail to Debut March 2017

Construction on the much-anticipated San Luis Obispo County women’s jail broke ground in February 2014 and is well underway for a March 2017 opening.