When the principals of ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells were looking to relocate their offices, they made a commitment to minimize their impact on the environment by targeting Net-Zero Energy use.

To achieve their goal, they converted an old auto body shop into a new state-of-the-art office building, becoming an example within the community for building re-use and environmentally sustainable re-development. The building is expertly designed to maximize energy efficiency, featuring emerging technologies such as solar thermal water heating, LED lighting and operable skylights. The office hosts a San Diego Gas & Electric-owned 16 kW photovoltaic (PV) system on its roof, which provides renewable energy to the community. The PV system designed and installed by HelioPower, offsets 104% of the building’s energy use.

This building by and for ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells is an outstanding example of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, making it the first Net-Zero building in San Diego County.

For more specific information and more photos of this ground-breaking project, click here. With 84 solar modules from Sharp, the solar power system will produce 26,400 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable electricity per year.