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How DPR’s living labs are pioneering Net-Zero Energy building certification
In the ever-evolving sustainable design and construction arena, many owners and project teams are setting their sights on a goal that seemed improbable just a short time ago: creating commercial buildings that produce as much or more energy as they consume each year, known as net-zero energy buildings (NZEB).
While this emerging trend is still gaining traction, DPR has embraced the net-zero energy challenge in far more than just theory. Regional office projects in San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Reston, Sacramento, Newport Beach and elsewhere demonstrate how the company’s core value of being “ever forward” is fulfilled through environmentally responsible spaces that benefit not only DPR’s own employees but also the communities in which they work.
In total, DPR has built four net-zero projects—the David and Lucile Packard Foundation corporate headquarters, as well as three award-winning net-zero regional offices in Phoenix, San Francisco and San Diego. DPR’s Reston office, which opened in July, is also targeting net-zero energy. These DPR offices are prime examples of how the company is staying on the leading edge of developments in sustainability, and helping pioneer a movement that many expect will ultimately make net-zero energy the “new norm.” More than just offices, these buildings serve as living laboratories that showcase the latest in sustainable concepts in a variety of regions and climates.
“The Path to Net-Zero Energy” white paper details DPR’s net-zero living labs:
Read the case study in its entirety here.