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The nation’s first zero net energy archive facility is now complete in San Diego County. The property is a 25,000-square-foot, single-story property with zero net energy and LEED Gold certification (pending). The project is part of San Diego County’s aggressive strategic energy plan, which includes energy and water efficiency in new construction buildings. C.W. Driver Cos. was the contractor on the project, with the Miller Hull Partnership serving as architect.

“The general goal is to design a facility and site where the renewable energy production on site meets or exceeds the energy consumption of the site and the building,” Eric Schultz, project manager at C.W. Driver, tells GlobeSt.com. “It requires continuous energy modeling through the design process and even through the construction process as there are design changes and owner-requested changes. In a design-build model, we need to be constantly looking at the design, but the energy modeling also has to be in alignment with everything else. It is a new element, and a challenge in itself.”

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