Group win at CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2016

The 2016 Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers Building Performance Awards recognise the people, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment. The Awards are unique in their focus on actual, measured performance, not design intent or performance specifications. Judged by a panel of distinguished industry leaders, winners of the Awards are acknowledged as best in class.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters Building in Los Altos, California faced fierce competition from outstanding buildings in Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Australia and Ukraine to be crowned International Project of the Year.

The event, at the Grosvernor House Hotel on Park Lane in London, drew together the Integral Group family with representatives from the Oakland, Vancouver, Seattle, London and Oxford offices all joining to collect the award on stage.

Reflecting on this success Kevin Hydes, CEO and Founder of Integral Group said “We are so proud to receive this award and thank CIBSE for honoring the building for its outstanding performance. My personal legacy with this project dates back to 2002. We are delighted to receive this award on behalf of the the client, architect EHDD and entire project team. I want to honour Eric Solrain and David Kaneda especially as our Principals on the job and Engineers of Record on this amazing project.”

In its first year of operation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation headquarters building in Los Altos, California exceeded all expectations, meeting its zero energy target three months early and becoming a net positive generator of energy.

Integral Group performed MEP engineering, commissioning, and post occupancy verification and tracking of the building performance to ensure Net Zero Energy operation for the building.

At the heart of this exceptionally green two-storey office building is an extremely efficient chilled beam heating and cooling system and a high efficiency air source heat pump with thermal storage. Highly efficient systems together with the building envelope reduce energy demand by 60% over code baseline, while the remaining required power is supplied by onsite photovoltaic power generation. The building operates in natural ventilation mode for half the year. Thermal energy storage, chilled beams, dedicated outside air systems, fully dimmable lighting fixtures, and circuit-by-circuit power monitoring are some of the facility’s novel features.

Post-occupancy feedback shows 97% of occupants are satisfied with the building overall, and thermal comfort satisfaction ranks in the 96th percentile.

The success of the design was measured on several fronts. The current in-operation energy use is 68.76kWh/m2/year, and this is expected to decrease further as enhanced commissioning continues. The building confirmed its net positive energy status in 2013, generating 418 MWh of electricity in the first year of operation with on-site photovoltaic rooftop panels. It consumed just 351 MWh of electricity and zero natural gas.

All this has led to the building earning coveted ‘Net-Zero Energy Certification’ through the International Living Future Institute, a LEED Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council, and an ASHRAE Technology Award.

Project Team:
Building services engineer: Integral Group
Building owner and occupier: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Project manager: Rhodes Dahl
Architect and interior designer: EHDD Architects
Mechanical / electrical engineer: Integral Group, Eric Soladay and David Kaneda, Engineers of Record
Contractor: DPR Construction
Facilities manager: Juan Uribe (with Packard Foundation)
Structural engineer: Tipping Mar
Civil engineer: Sherwood Design Engineers
Landscape architect: Joni L. Janecki Associates