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USGBC Northern California partner IBEW/NECA shares LEED projects worked on by their member company Prime Electric.

USGBC Northern California has a longstanding partnership with IBEW and NECA. The electrical industry is at the forefront of sustainable building performance and the movement toward zero net energy buildings. In this article, we are featuring some of the sustainability work of one of NECA’s member companies. Save the date for our 2017 GreenerBuilder conference on July 13 at IBEW/NECA’s zero net energy training facility.

Over the past decade, projects within the Pacific Northwest and Northern California regions have increasingly embraced sustainability and net zero energy use (NZE).

Prime Electric is an electrical contractor that executes creativity and innovation through new materials, installation and design methods to increase efficiencies and preserve the environment. With hundreds of millions of dollars in LEED project experience, Prime has worked hand in hand with the top brands, leading the effort in sustainability and providing facilities that preserve and embrace the natural environment to provide optimal functionality for business operations, as well as with construction teams to learn operation methods.

Group Health Puyallup

Located south of Seattle, this project received LEED Gold certification for Health Care. The most critical element of the process was the team’s integrated approach to design. Before LEED was on the table, Group Health and its facility manager, CBRE, planned an intensively integrated process that brought together a wide variety of experts to optimize the design and construction process and to provide efficient service delivery and a healthy indoor environment.

Innovative and LEAN materials were used, including recycled wood harvested from trees on site for finishes and an extensive water reduction system. The building also features a green roof to reduce runoff and provide a natural habitat for local fowl.

Photo courtesy of Group Health Puyallup.

Weyerhaeuser Headquarters

Also located in Seattle, Weyerhaeuser envisioned a new facility in historic Pioneer Square to showcase the rich neighborhood history and incorporate sustainable building elements. Seeking to achieve LEED Platinum status, Weyerhaeuser’s facility boasts renewable wood-covered walls, ceilings and accents to bring natural beauty and warmth into the space, as well as a green rooftop and low-VOC interior finish materials.

They also incorporated extensive daylight through taller ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an open floor plan. Operable windows are used for ventilation purposes, and when the building gets too warm, an email will notify building occupants that windows need to be opened. All-new LED lighting was installed, saving the building $9,000 per year in electricity bills and creating a savings offset of roughly 77.5 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

Intuit

Intuit's new facility in Mountain View, California, was the most recent LEED Platinum project with which Prime was involved, completed in late 2016. In building this new office space, Intuit's goal was to make Mountain View a better place through sustainable efforts. This building is the first of a pair of four-story buildings to incorporate living roofs, solar panels and the ability to produce half of the building's power on site.

Photo courtesty of Intuit.

333 Brannan 

This San Francisco project focused largely on effectiveness, quality and design to achieve a LEED Platinum certification. The building allows ample natural light and 100 percent outside air with building materials to fit into the historical and industrial surroundings.

In addition, 333 Brannon uniquely utilizes eco-district strategies, meaning the building is part of an urban microgrid that shares energy, heating and cooling among neighboring buildings. Photovoltaics on the roof are expected to reduce energy usage by 26 percent, while on-site water capture and reuse reduces portable water demand by 45 percent.

Photo courtesy of 333 Brannan.

Prime maintains an ongoing commitment to improving its LEAN processes by collaborating with IBEW union electricians, as well as with other like-minded trade partners in our construction, customer and local community.

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