The Energy Foundation recognizes the importance of energy efficiency in buildings, which are the largest consumer of electric power. Over the past two decades, we’ve supported efforts to promote building energy efficiency—through appliance standards, building codes, and utility energy efficiency programs.
When the foundation was looking for new office space in 2007, we saw an opportunity to bring together our mission and our facilities. By securing a lease in San Francisco’s Bently Reserve building—with its urban location that supports community connectivity—and working with a great team of architects, builders, and artisans, we created an office that was the first to earn LEED Platinum certification for Commercial Interiors from the U.S. Green Building Council.
To increase energy efficiency, we used daylighting, daylight harvesting technologies, advanced lighting sensors, an efficient HVAC system, and Energy Star appliances. To minimize the environmental impact of the build-out, the space incorporated locally manufactured furniture, recycled wood and steel, recyclable carpet, and insulation made from recycled denim. Low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, and coatings were used throughout the space, and 77 percent of construction and demolition debris was diverted from landfills.
Our office space is a showcase for the new technologies, materials, and processes that will enable buildings to be a part of the prosperous, low-carbon future we have promoted since our founding.