October 6, 2016
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) today announced its Kendall Road Campus has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold designation from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED is the national benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Certification means a building has met rigorous standards for sustainability, water and energy efficiency, resource selection and environmental quality.
“Earning this award is a tribute to and acknowledgment of the hard work our team put into this facility's design and construction. Environmental leadership is an important component of our commitment to provide our customers safe, reliable and affordable energy,” said Ed Halpin, PG&E Senior Vice President, Generation, and Chief Nuclear Officer.
PG&E's Kendall Road Campus, which is home to Diablo Canyon Power Plant's emergency planning team, also serves as a training facility. The 10,000-square-foot facility opened in 2015. The designation brings to 21 the number of LEED-certified buildings owned by PG&E.
Energy efficiency was built into the Kendall Road Campus from the outset, including determining an advantageous location to maximize sunlight. Design measures that contribute to the building's overall energy efficiency include its roof design to maximize cooling, high performance LED lighting and efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. A 50-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system offsets more than 30 percent of the building's total energy costs. Overall, the annual energy usage of the building is estimated to be 60 percent less than the median property, resulting in a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
The new facility was also built with water conservation at the forefront, and employs designs that result in water usage that is nearly half of comparable facilities. Additionally, the building incorporates the use of sustainable materials – such as recycled steel and other products – in the framing and interior design.
Efforts to reduce transportation and traffic impacts were also a focus in the building's construction, leading to the installation of bicycle storage, preferential parking for low emissions and fuel efficient vehicles, and the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.
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