Regenerative Retrofit: California's First Living Building.
September 23, 2020 at 14:00 PM EDT
New book from industry leader in green building performance explores building reuse, water and energy independence, biophilic design, and a carbon-free future. SUMMARY:
New book from industry leader in green building performance explores building reuse, water and energy independence, biophilic design, and a carbon-free future.DESCRIPTION:
SEATTLE, Wash., September 23, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Ecotone Publishing, the industry’s original green architecture and design publisher, today announced the release of the seventh book in the Living Building Challenge Series titled Regenerative Retrofit: California’s First Living Building, researched and written by Juliet Grable.
Regenerative Retrofit details the journey of the renowned architecture firm, Architectural Nexus, and its experiences designing, constructing, owning, and operating California’s very first Certified Living Building. The Arch Nexus Sacramento (SAC) building, a 1950s-era warehouse located in Sacramento’s bustling R Street Corridor, produces more energy than it consumes, is capable of running solely on captured rainwater, and exemplifies resilient design that connects people to nature and the human community.
Following the success of Arch Nexus SAC, Arch Nexus is also announcing plans to transform its corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City to Utah’s first commercial Living Certified Building. The new project builds upon the firm’s achievement of creating the first Living Certified Building in California, detailed in Regenerative Retrofit.
Speaking about the new project, Kenner B. Kingston, Arch Nexus President, said, “When we embarked on the Arch Nexus SAC project, one of our many goals was to harvest regenerative design philosophy and knowledge from California and bring it to the Intermountain West.” He continued, “We have been able to do that by working with Community Rebuilds, an outstanding affordable housing group in Moab, Utah, to build four incredible homes that are now in the performance period for Living Building Certification.
“Today we are pleased to announce that we are ready to realize our goal in the commercial realm–Arch Nexus SLC, our 30,000 square foot headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah is pursuing Living Building Challenge 4.0 certification! With bidding complete and permitting in progress, please wish us luck as we take this meaningful journey for a second time,” Kingston finished.
Chronicling the Arch Nexus SAC office project, Regenerative Retrofit follows a design process rooted in biophilic relationships to place and the collaboration among a stellar team of architects, engineers, builders, and artists who together created a remarkably resilient, low-carbon solution to today’s critical climate challenges. It also highlights the key role of “high-performance occupants” who, as stewards of one of the greenest buildings in the world, can make a significant impact to optimize building performance.
Beautifully illustrated and enlivened with the many voices of those who contributed to the project, Regenerative Retrofit provides inspiration for teams embarking on their Living Building projects, as well as a roadmap for how to preserve and regenerate our legacy buildings for future generations.
Regenerative Retrofit: California’s First Living Building (ISBN 978-0-9972368-9-7) is available online and can be ordered through architecture and building bookstores throughout North America. For more information or to order the book, please visit https://store.living-future.org
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Title: Regenerative Retrofit: California’s First Living Building
Release: September 23, 2020
Series: Living Building Challenge Series (LBCS) 7th book.
Author: Juliet Grable
Foreword: Kathleen Smith
Publisher: Ecotone Publishing (Imprint of the International Living Future Institute)
KEYWORDS: International Living Future Institute, Ecotone Publishing, Arch Nexus