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First net-zero energy and LEED Platinum commercial office building in San Diego

This author no longer works for DNV GL.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu highlighted building energy efficiency in his address on U.S. innovation and competitiveness in clean energy, last week, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. DPR Construction’s (DPR) new San Diego Regional Headquarters is an exemplary facility and working environment for energy efficiency and many other ways.

The Obama administration has launched a new initiative that calls for buildings to reduce energy use by 20 percent, according to Chu. In 2009 DPR took on a greater building challenge. It set out to transform a dilapidated business park into a net-zero energy use, natural systems demonstration project for its new regional headquarters.

DPR collaborated with several partners to create a responsible, superior, comfortable working environment through sustainable building and operations. KEMA worked with the company to integrate energy efficiency and passive design building features.

DPR achieved its project goals for net-zero energy and LEED for New Construction Platinum certification, making it the first commercial office building in San Diego with both distinctions. The new San Diego Regional Headquarters has an open-office environment and respect for nature, which reflects the company’s culture. The project presents a solid business case for rehabilitating existing buildings and revitalizing suburban communities.

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