Our Green Headquarters

Sustainability and Design

Our green building was designed with a net zero energy goal of producing at least as much power as it consumes each year. Its technological and structural features come together with a beautiful, functional design to create a workspace that is good for the planet and for our employees. Through its energy-, water- and resource-conserving characteristics, the building has achieved Net Zero Energy BuildingTM and LEED® Platinum certifications.

Net Zero Energy

Offset 100% of building’s energy needs by:

  • Electricity production via  915 rooftop solar panels
  • Effective use of daylight to supplement artificial lighting
  • Efficient heating and cooling using innovative chilled beam technology

Water Conservation

Reduce water consumption by 40% through:

  • Storing up to 20,000 gallons of rainwater for irrigation and toilet flushing
  • Use living green roof and rooftop gutters to assist with rainwater collection
  • Irrigate only when and where needed using drip irrigation and smart controls

Materials and Waste

Minimize construction waste by:

  • Recycling 95% of materials from pre-existing buildings
  • Using FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood from Oregon
  • Crafting all interior doors from locally salvaged eucalyptus trees

Ecosystem Impact

Care for local ecosystems by:

  • Using 90% California native plants in our landscape to eliminate pesticides needed by foreign plants – See plant list
  • Plantings provide familiar food and shelter for local birds and insects and attract native pollinators
  • Using rain gardens and permeable paving to reduce runoff and filter pollutants

Work Environment

Provide comfortable, healthful environment for employees by using:

  • 100% outside air for ventilation
  • Paint, flooring, adhesives and other materials that are low in VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions
  • Desktop alerts to indicate when doors and windows can be opened for natural ventilation

For more information about the building’s design for sustainability, please view the slide show or virtual video tour on the Energy Reports and Resources page.