November 10, 2020 - 6-7am
Starting with their first NZE building in Phoenix, DPR Construction’s legacy of transformative offices demonstrates an unparalleled commitment to a sustainable future. These living laboratories not only showcase viable energy strategies, they prove how existing buildings can be transformed into zero energy work-spaces. Most recently, DPR partnered with SmithGroup to create its new Sacramento office, with an eye on creating a holistic, low-carbon model. This adaptive reuse is targeting Net Positive Energy, while creating a resilient environment and a community asset. Our talk highlights the importance of addressing both operational and embodied carbon reduction strategies, using the Sacramento office to illustrate the strategies imperative for a low-carbon future. We’ll highlight California’s Net Zero mandate, the increasing importance of addressing embodied carbon, and the complexities of using mass timber construction. Examples of energy conservation approaches include ample day-lighting, re-purposing the existing basement as a thermal labyrinth to pre-condition ventilation air, and an extensive photovoltaic roof array.