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By Larry

Earth Day at the Brower Center

On 02, Apr 2015 | No Comments | In PEI Blog | By Larry

Earth Day
Looking for a great way to celebrate Earth Day? Our friends at the LEED Platinum Brower Center (see below for a description of the innovative systems we installed in this great building) are hosting a wonderful event with fun for the entire family. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 18, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Free, $10 Suggested Donation

Join the David Brower Center for its first-ever Earth Day celebration, a fun-filled afternoon of community learning opportunities, hands-on workshops, family art activities, live music, and delicious organic food–all focused on protecting and honoring the planet we call home. Earth Day attendees will have the chance to engage in critical conversations during the Climate Change Solutions Right Under Our Feet speaker panels; turn their ideals into action with the Ecology Center’s creative reuse and fix-it workshops; learn how to tune a bike with Waterside Workshops; view Earth-inspired live art making projects by local artists; experience a carbon-neutral power demonstration by All Power Labs; check out short films highlighting how healthy soil can impact climate change; and show their creative side by contributing to the Streets Alive! Strawberry Creek chalk project and making their own Earth Day flags.

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with Earth Island Institute, Nutiva, and Ecology Center

Berkeley, CA
43,500 sf Mixed Use Residential, Office and Retail

This mixed use project in Berkeley, CA includes 96 apartments, public education space, a restaurant, underground parking, and 50,000 square feet of office and educational space for environmental non-profits. Peter Rumsey designed the HVAC system for both the office complex and the affordable housing, designed to create a thriving downtown community for Berkeley’s working, low-income families. Designing to strict budget constraints, Peter’s approach included affordable, low-energy radiant heating at the apartment building perimeter. Moreover, wherever possible, Peter used the local climate to optimize energy efficiency, for instance, pre-cooling the office building’s floor slabs at night using the cooling tower. A 68 kW PV array provides 35% of the building’s energy use.

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