Rich Freeark Freeark: “Both the County and City of San Diego are looking to increase the number of sustainable buildings by achieving benchmarks such as ZNE in new developments.”

SAN DIEGO—The commercial-building sector throughout California, as well as the civic/government sector within San Diego, is embracing zero-net-energy buildings, C.W. Driver Cos.’ SVP of San Diego operations Rich Freeark tells The general-contracting and construction-management firm has completed construction on the Alpine Library, County of San Diego’s first zero-net-energy building. Located at 1752 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine, CA, the approximately 12,700-square-foot, design-build library is more than four times the size of the previous facility. The new library will provide access to a large collection of educational resources, in addition to hosting a variety of community events and learning services and will also act as a safety zone for residents of the rural community during emergencies. We spoke exclusively with Freeark about what is required to produce ZNE buildings and how this process is progressing in the San Diego market. What does it take to produce a zero-net-energy building?

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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