In 2011, a building that began as a grocery store in the 1950s is now a place where you’ll find the latest in energy and environmental technologies. The Energy Innovation Center is 1 of 10 buildings in the world to achieve double LEED Platinum® certification. Platinum is the highest rating in the LEED® – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – certification system of the U.S. Green Building Council®. The center earned LEED Platinum for New Construction and Major Renovation in August 2012, and Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance (EBOM)® in December 2013.  Explore the latest green technologies and learn about energy efficiency at the center, designed to be one of San Diego’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum buildings open to the public. (see website)

NOW is your chance to take a tour!!  Join us Friday, Oct 16th for the San Diego Sustainable Design Symposium!!

Learn how energy efficiency, water conservation and sustainable materials are holistically integrated to make the Center an eco-friendly state-of-the-art facility.

1 Day San Diego Sustainable Design Symposium ~ $50

Purchase Tickets!

$50 early-bird / before October 1st
$60 normal / before October 17th
$35 Student/AIA/USGBC

There are only 35 spaces available on this symposium – reserve your space NOW!!!

Special Features

Limit the waste. About 85% of the original building’s materials were reused or recycled.

Our roof isn’t just a roof. It’s covered with special materials that reflect heat and help our Heating, Ventilation, and A/C (HVAC) system not work so hard.

One big battery—the sun. Our solar panels do things like offset the building’s energy use by 34% and heat our water.

The sky is our reservoir. Our roof has a rain water collection unit that stores water used for our irrigation system.

Go with the low-flow. All of our water fixtures are ultra low flow, helping to reduce water consumption up to 30%.

Bright ideas. The Center features the newest technology in lighting, reducing our energy use. Each room is equipped with sensors that automatically turn off the lights when it’s not being used.

Smart air. Our state-of-the-art HVAC system has sensors that shut off the A/C when windows are open.

Our carpet’s a retread. Literally, it’s made from recycled tires. Most of the items you see in the Center are made from recycled materials, including our furniture.

The ozone is our friend. The Center features only low-emitting materials — paint, sealants, adhesives, and coatings.

Even our trees are solar. Our parking lot features Solar Trees® — covered parking areas with solar panels on top that provide both shade for your car and power for the region.


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