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West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library- Berkeley, CA

Posted in Built by Tiffany Tang on November 15, 2017

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Building: West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library
Location: Berkeley, California
Address: 1125 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA  94702, United States
Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux
Landscape Architect: Roberts and Associates
MEP Engineer: Harley Ellis Devereaux, Timmons Design
Lighting Design: Minuscule Lighting
Structural Engineer: Tipping Mar
Contractor: Kitchell CEM
Size: 9400 sf
Cost: $7.9 Million
Completed: December 2013

AE Interest:
Leed Platinum certified in 2016 [a]. Also net-positive; this is the first certified Living Building Challenge public library in California [b]. Incorporates passive daylighting, and natural ventilation. The building contains a wind chimney that is designed to use the steady ocean breezes to draw natural ventilation through the building. To prevent road noise, the front facade is extended above the roof to create a continuous wind chimney. Radiant floor system and window radiator grilles are connected to thermal panels to provide heating and cooling, no additional HVAC system is needed. Solar radiation provides renewable energy through photo-voltaic panels for electricity and solar thermal panels for hot water [b].
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