Saving energy: efficient by design
The Center for Urban Waters is 34% more efficient than a standard building. Among design elements that contribute to energy efficiency:
- Geothermal wells under the parking lot and esplanade do much of the heating and cooling.
- Radiant heating and cooling is used in offices.
- Energy-efficient mechanical systems reduce the energy used in offices.
- Natural ventilation cools the office areas, rather than air conditioning.
- The building’s shape and orientation to the sun enhance energy efficiency.