San Francisco, CA – As part of the Civic Center Sustainable District Program, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
(SFPUC) recently completed retrofits to Davies Symphony Hall, Asian Art Museum, and the Main Library to improve energy efficiency, occupancy comfort, and air quality in the buildings. As a result of these services, the buildings achieved LEED Gold certification for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED – EBOM) from the US Green Building Council.
“The energy efficiency improvements made to the historic Civic Center area are important steps in reaching San Francisco’s sustainability goals,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “This program has demonstrated the City’s environmental leadership by transforming the historic Civic Center into a green and sustainable district.”
The SFPUC worked with Enpowered Solutions, an energy engineering and commissioning firm, to retro-commission the buildings. The upgrades are part of an ongoing SFPUC initiative to update each building in the Civic Center to LEED certified status.
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.
In 2008, the San Francisco Civic Center was designated as a sustainable resource district by Mayor Gavin Newson. This initiative was aimed at creating a historic green district by upgrading the City’s Civic Center buildings into global models that demonstrate energy and water efficiency, renewable electricity generation, and green building retrofitting principles.
In addition to Davies Symphony Hall, the Asian Art Museum, and the Main Library, the SFPUC provided energy efficiency services at City Hall, which led to it becoming the oldest building in the nation to receive LEED – EBOM Platinum certification. In addition, the SFPUC has been installing solar panels on Civic Center building rooftops for renewable electricity generation and has initiated or completed over an acre of solar panels on four buildings: City Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, SFPUC Headquarters, and the San Francisco Opera House.
About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. The SFPUC’s mission is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.