The Cal EPA building
The Cal EPA building

A milestone in sustainable development, the Cal EPA building was the first LEED EB Platinum high rise built and has been recognized nationally, winning over 10 environmental awards since 2002.  TPG developed the building and has continued to successfully manage the day-to-day operations.

Sustainable Highlights:

  • First LEED EB Platinum high rise in the US
  • Building efficiencies save the tenant, the State of CA, over $1.4 million annually in operating costs
  • 52% reduction in overall water use
  • 26% More Energy Efficient than code
  • ENERGY STAR labeled with a rating of 99

Sample Operational Improvements:

  • Daytime janitorial services reduced energy consumption by 8% and realized annual utility savings of $100,000
  • Heating and cooling technology improvements for total savings of $25,000 per year
  • Waste management program diverts approximately 10 tons of waste from landfills at a savings of $50 per ton
  • Elimination of garbage can liners in each office space eliminated $60,000 in annual purchases and use of reusable cloth bags in the centrally located recycling bins saves $20,000 per year

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Sample Green Features:

  • U.V. reflecting modular precast panels, energy efficient LED lighting,1ft solar shade overhangs, high performance glass
  • High-efficiency chillers (basement)
  • Recycled & renewable materials throughout
  • Xeriscaped entryway
  • Strategically located high-efficiency HVAC fans
  • Low wall zone around perimeter for natural light
  • 150 bicycle parking spaces & showers
  • Tower oriented north/south minimizes heat gain
  • Smoking policy
  • Green cleaning program
  • Recycling programs

To learn more, download the Cal/EPA LEED-EB Project Case Study

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