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David Brower Center Is a Green Non-Profit Community Hub
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 27, 2010 @ 3:00 pm In Architecture,Green Building,San Francisco | No Comments
Located in Berkeley, CA, the David Brower Center houses a host of non-profit organizations dedicated to the environment and social justice. But the good work going on in the building goes far beyond what the tenants are doing - the entire center was designed to LEED Platinum standards and includes energy efficient systems, renewable energy generation, use of recycled materials, rainwater collection and even an organic gourmet restaurant located on site. Its unique design serves as a model for both sustainable architecture as well as an operations base for community oriented organizations.
The nonprofit David Brower Center is a 50,000 sq ft mixed-use building, designed specifically for non-profit organizations dedicating their efforts to promoting a just and ecologically sustainable society. Built with the intention of housing like-minded organizations, and providing a space to foster their creativity and spirit, the center was also designed to be equally sustainable, meeting LEED Platinum certification. The center was constructed next to Oxford Plaza, an affordable housing development  with retail space on the ground floor and adjacent to a public transit center.
The building is being used as an office space for over 30 national and international groups and activists working on everything from sustainability education in schools to healthy river systems, to ecological diversity and the protection of regional agriculture. Event space is available for rentals, as well as for local art and cultural exhibits. An organic restaurant called Gather  is also settled in the space and provides organic vegetarian friendly meals for both lunch and dinner.
Lead Image © David Brower Center
Sustainable building strategies are plentiful, and overall the building is expected to use 60-80% less energy than a typical office building of its size. Included in the building’s design is a solar photovoltaic system  that doubles as a sun shade, rainwater collection, use of recycled materials, non-toxic and healthy materials, solar passive design, high-efficiency lighting, natural ventilation, CO2 sensors, 100% daylighting  for all offices, and more. The center also has a unique web-based dashboard  for the public and tenants to monitor various data feeds, like solar power output, energy use, water use, and natural gas use.
The design team  for the David Brower Center includes a large group of building experts, including San Francisco-based Daniel Solomon of Solomon ETC-WRT  as the principal architect, Loisos and Ubbelohde , Tipping Mar + associates  for structural engineering, and Equity Community Builders  as the developer.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/27/david-brower-center-is-a-green-built-non-profit-community-hub/david-brower-center-10/
 affordable housing development: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/19/affordable-artist-housing-helps-revitialize-ca-town/
 Gather: http://www.gatherrestaurant.com/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/27/david-brower-center-is-a-green-built-non-profit-community-hub/david-brower-center-6/
 solar photovoltaic system: http://inhabitat.com../solar-power
 daylighting: http://inhabitat.com../daylighting
 web-based dashboard: http://buildingdashboard.com/clients/brower/
 design team: http://www.browercenter.org/building/team
 Solomon ETC-WRT: http://www.solomonetc-wrt.com/
 Loisos and Ubbelohde: http://www.coolshadow.com/
 Tipping Mar + associates: http://www.tippingmar.com/
 Equity Community Builders: http://www.ecbsf.com/home.asp
 + David Brower Center: http://www.browercenter.org/
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