Summer of 2016 is a big deal here at Integrated Design 360 — it’s our five-year anniversary! The green building industry has, as a whole, grown tremendously over the past five years, and so have we.
Looking back at the past five years in the green building industry, technology has advanced in support of green building and energy efficiency. An increased awareness of water usage and a focus on water conservation has been a silver lining of the devastating California drought. Green building rating systems have improved tremendously. The improving economy has allowed the industry to blossom, and studies have shown that green building is becoming an economically wise choice for builders and business owners as opposed to an expensive but morally correct one.
In the past five years, ID 360 has assisted Vantage Data Centers, a wholesale data company, in meeting their green building goals by building three LEED Platinum Data Centers in Northern California, which comprised the largest LEED Platinum data center campus in the United States. We helped Richmond High pursue CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) verification. We are helping Safeway, Inc. design a LEED Gold store.
Since 2014, ID 360 has worked extensively with the city of Palo Alto to develop their rigorous Green Building Code, Energy Reach Code, and Electric Vehicle Ordinance. ID 360 developed a streamlined process for compliance with the city’s green building codes, along with video-trainings, webinars, and in-person training events to educate homeowners and builders on the compliance requirements.
This is just the highlight reel, of course. Here at ID 360, we’re looking toward the future and looking forward to supporting the green building industry’s goals of zero net energy and zero net water in support of the Paris agreement for a sustainable future.