Also impressive is the choice of materials for the facility’s construction. A prefab steel structure lowered costs and allowed construction to proceed quickly. The concrete used for the slab and the concrete masonry units permanently sequesters carbon dioxide and is the first installation of Basalite’s Carbon Cure blocks. Then the large sloping roof features a 5 kW photovoltaic system that provides more than enough energy for the building. Over time, more PV panels will be added along with a solar concentrating system to generate more power for the entire campus. There are also plans to install radiant cooling and an innovative, passive rock bed cooling system to further reduce indoor temperatures.
“What you see in the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building is the potential to achieve levels of sustainable operation never before seen in a commercial or research winery.” said David Block, Chairman at the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. The building was designed to adapt over time and serves as the framework for new, sustainable technologies.
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