A living laboratory for the community, DPR’s LEED®-NC Platinum, net-zero energy office is a unique example of urban revitalization and sustainability. Conceptualized as a “workplace of the future,” DPR created an open-office environment housing 58 workstations and floater spaces, nine conference/training/innovation/mediated technology rooms, support spaces, fully-equipped gym/locker facilities, and a zen room for a quiet retreat. DPR incorporated passive/active cooling solutions including 87 operable windows, four shower towers, an 87-foot long, zinc-clad solar chimney, and a 79 kW-dc rated photovoltaic solar panel covered parking lot to control the indoor environment naturally and produce energy onsite. A Lucid Building Dashboard® system is utilized to allow DPR to monitor and share building water and gas usage, lighting and power consumption, and photovoltaic energy production in real time.
In 2013, the office was certified as a Net-Zero Energy Building (NZEB) from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) through its Living Building Challenge(SM) program. It is the first in Arizona and only the second in the U.S. to achieve NZEB certification. It was, at one point, the largest building in the world to receive the certification. DPR created an adaptive response to the environment via innovative building solutions. The office utilizes rapidly renewable wood products, recycled and reused materials, and adapts alternative ways to light and condition the space by incorporating natural ventilation through the use of operable windows, shower towers, a solar chimney and Big Ass Fans to drastically reduce the building’s power demand. The expansive walls of windows and 82 strategically positioned Solatubes® nearly eliminates the need for artificial daytime lighting 365 days a year. A first-of-its-kind commercial building in the Valley, DPR’s office has become a showcase for neighbors, colleagues and students. It serves as a statewide example of how sustainable design can be integrated into an efficient, effective, and environmentally responsible office space.