This article shows how historic preservation and the latest in environmentally friendly technology can combine to serve as a workplace and as an educational center “where people can view the workings of ‘green’ building technology.” The author tells of the efforts taken to match the structure to the character of Placerville’s historic main street business district as well as the designs that the developers hope will make this building the first one of its type to be registered and certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program.

Windows are placed so that no indoor lighting should be required in work areas during daylight hours. Mechanical systems were designed to draw in fresh air, while furnishings and flooring were chosen for their low emissions. Many structural features were opened up to viewing while courtyards were stocked with native plants and drainage runoff that tumbles over rocks and grass before flowing into the city’s storm drain system.

Source: Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee; March 27, 2008 pH1

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