The town of Yountville, California is hoping to receive LEED Platinum certification for their brand new 10,000 square-feet town center. Designed by Siegal and Strain, the new structure places a high priority on the integration of sustainable features throughout the building. The Yountville Town Center boasts an overall energy savings of 44% over California’s rigid Title 24 standards, and is a community haven hosting a branch library, multi-purpose room, teen center, and meeting and program spaces.
Located on a 2.5-acre site along Yountville’s main street, the town center weaves together new and existing buildings as well as outdoor rooms designed to enrich the surrounding community. The building exteriors were designed to blend with the town’s rural character, all while maintaining interior spaces that are both light and airy.
Building materials were selected to minimize life-cycle impact as well as to ensure the interior would be free of formaldehyde and VOCs. Energy-efficient systems include ground-source heat pumps for heating and cooling, as well as roof-mounted photovoltaic laminates on both the new and existing buildings. Water conservation measures were taken into consideration throughout the project, with the use of low-flow fixtures, rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, sub-surface irrigation and drought-tolerant native plants.
The facility was the only project to win the Award of Honor in 2010 – the highest award given by Savings by Design Energy Efficiency Integration Awards. The annual awards program, cosponsored by the American Institute of Architects California Council, recognizes professionals whose designs support resource efficiency, environmental responsibility, human productivity and quality of life.