Packard Foundation Headquarters Building Featured on GreenBuild Expo Tour

November 12, 2012

LOS ALTOS, California – The new headquarters of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation will be featured as part of a green building tour put on by the Greenbuild 2012 Conference. The tour, titled “2030 today:  Three Institutions Leading the Way,” highlights recent building projects at several San Francisco peninsula institutions and takes place on Saturday, November 14, 2012. The Foundation’s new building at 343 Second Street was designed by EHDD for Net-Zero Energy and LEED® Platinum certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

The focus of the tour is on how the institutions are aiming beyond just high-performance buildings toward broader views of what sustainability means, including reducing organizational carbon footprints, accounting for embodied CO2 emissions in materials and construction, and creating healthy environments. “Beyond buildings” is how EHDD principal-in-charge Scott Shell, FAIA, LEED AP describes The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. “The project was a catalyst for broader organizational sustainability initiatives, exceeding the original criteria to reduce overall footprint.” At 49,000 square feet, the building is the largest private office building in California with a Net-Zero Energy goal.

In addition to the Packard Foundation headquarters, the tour includes visits to the Portola Valley Town Center and Sacred Heart School.

Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events.