International Rivers' new home

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The Brower Center’s design features include:

  • Built using 53% recycled materials;
  • Photovoltaic panels that will double as a sun shade device;
  • 100% daylighting of all office areas;
  • Collection and reuse of rainwater for irrigation and toilet flushing;
  • Extremely low-energy mechanical systems using radiant heating and cooling within the building’s concrete structural slabs;
  • Solar shading devices on all south-facing windows;
  • High-efficiency lighting with automatic controls to limit use when adequate daylight is available;
  • Concrete with slag to significantly reduce CO2 and cement content, and to increase strength;
  • Vertically post-tensioned structure to minimize potential earthquake damage;
  • Operable windows and low pressure ventilation via the raised floor system to maximize indoor air quality;
  • CO2 sensors that call for extra fresh air if required; and
  • Exterior and interior materials that ensure healthy air quality, maximize recycled content, avoid off-gassing, and minimize environmental impacts from production and transportation.

For more information on the David Brower Center visit their website