Civic & Public Assembly Buildings

Libraries offer the opportunity to demonstrate energy efficiency design strategies in a place that is a literal and symbolic gateway to knowledge in the community. Public assembly buildings such as auditoriums and arenas have very specific and oftentimes intensive energy requirements tied closely to time of use.


  • Case Studies: Zero Net Energy Non-Residential Buildings
    April 12, 2015
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    Six non-residential buildings were designed and built to perform at zero net energy (ZNE) consumption over the course of a year. Extensively monitored under the Pacific Gas & Electric Company's ZNE Pilot Program, each has proven to meet or exceed that level of performance for at least one year of post-construction occupancy.

    These case studies show that building industry leaders who target this new level of building performance can meet this challenge, reinforcing California's reputation for being the incubator and early adopter of transformative ideas with practical feasibility.

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  • e-News #94: Lighting Performance Advances
    September 17, 2014
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    New Sources & Controls... Through the past 20 years, new lighting technologies have been a major driver of increasing energy efficiency in buildings. Lighting specifiers and consumers have embraced CFLs, LEDs, and other highly efficient lighting options. How can even more efficiency savings be mined from the lighting end use?

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  • Trigger Sheet: Small Commercial HVAC Changeouts
    July 22, 2014
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Interior Lighting Alterations
    July 15, 2014
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Exterior Lighting
    November 21, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting
    December 16, 2012
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    We need light outdoors at night for safety, security, productivity, and enjoyment. Guidelines and technologies available today can help meet these lighting needs while providing good quality lighting that minimizes light pollution, conserves energy, and enhances community ambience, including the effect on wildlife and our view of the starry night sky.

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  • e-News #76: Vertical Transportation
    October 21, 2010
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    Elevators in modern buildings are faster and more comfortable than their counterparts decades ago. But even when you are standing inside an innovative looking elevator cab, it is hard to identify the green features in the elevator and recognize their energy savings. This issue of e-News details major sustainable features in elevators and escalators and some design considerations.

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  • Case Studies: Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences
    June 12, 2009
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    The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) is a three-story, 45,000 ft2 building on Sierra Nevada College's Lake Campus that demonstrates how an ambitious project team can successfully reduce energy usage by implementing a variety of innovative mechanical designs at minimal additional first cost.

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  • Design Brief: Cool Roofs
    January 12, 2009
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    On a sunny summer day, a typical roof surface can reach temperatures that are nearly 100°F above the ambient temperature. A cool roof, by contrast, stays at or near the ambient temperature due to the characteristics of its outer layer.

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  • Design Brief: Integrated Building Design
    June 11, 2006
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    Using the integrated energy design approach, designers can cost-effectively lower building operating costs while improving workers' comfort and boosting productivity.

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  • Case Studies: Multi-Agency Library Benefits from Daylighting Strategies
    April 30, 2003
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    In libraries, lighting typically consumes more energy than any other end use. Consequently, the design team for the Multi-Agency Library at the College of the Desert decided to take advantage of the abundant natural light available in this desert climate to reduce energy use. This strategy directly resulted in strong architectural elements that delineate the building, making it a readily identifiable icon for the college campus and the surrounding community.

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  • Design Brief: Skylights with Suspended Ceilings
    March 1, 2003
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    Traditionally, skylight wells in large, low-rise commercial buildings have been custom designed and site built, an expensive and labor-intensive process. This design brief explores the benefits of a better alternative: splayed modular skylight wells specifically designed for use with suspended ceilings.

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  • Case Studies: An Integrated Campus Benefits From Its Desert Environment
    July 1, 2002
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    Situated near a lake in the desert above the Mojave River, the new Learning Resource Center at Victor Valley Community College provides more reading and study areas, book stacks, conference rooms and offices to the college's existing library. The building's form (including its central skylight, roof monitors, and angled shading devices) provides dramatic natural lighting in the addition's reading areas.

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  • Design Brief: Daylighting
    March 1, 2002
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    Using fundamental components of the Daylighting Designer's Toolkit, designers can improve the visual environment, create a higher-quality space, and lower energy costs for buildings.

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  • Design Brief: Options & Opportunities
    February 2, 2002
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    Not all energy-efficiency measures are appropriate for all building types, but some are especially useful for particular buildings. This Design Brief reminds designers and builders of opportunities they should consider in each of their projects.

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