Bacon Street Offices
This former auto‐repair shop turned architect's office proves good things do come in small packages. Located in eclectic Ocean Beach, this project, designed and owned by Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, has shown the community that you can give back to the earth and still thrive as a business. An incredibly thoughtful and sustainable enhancement to Ocean Beach.
- Project Address: 1955 Bacon Street
- Project Owner/ Developer: ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells
- Owner Contact Name/ Email: James Gabriel/ email@example.com
- Project Architect/ Designer: ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells
Bacon Street Offices The Bacon Street offices are located within the existing community of Ocean Beach and serve as an educational resource for issues related to the re-use of small community buildings in an environmentally sustainable manner. The offices are designed around an ‘open’ work environment that make use of the former auto-repair shop. Community members regularly stop by the offices to ask questions, get information and comment on the positive change the building has had on the visual environment. The project was designed to achieve Net Zero energy usage, making it the first commercial building in San Diego to do so. As a result, carbon emissions will be reduced by over 16,000 lbs per year from fossil fuel burning energy sources. A monitoring system has been put in place to track the actual use of each building system, and over the next year data will be tracked to provide ‘real world’ information for use in educating others about these strategies. All electrical systems within the project have been designed to reduce energy loads by over 42,000 kWh per year. The remaining energy is offset by renewable electrical and water heating energy located on the roof top. The project has been awarded a LEED Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. Project Sustainability Highlights include:
- Over 90% of the existing building was re-used.
- 86% of construction waste was diverted to recycling.
- Permeable site area was increased by 58%
- Reduced heat island effect for site and roof.
- Reduction of site water use by over 70%
- Reduction of building water use by over 46%
- Optimized energy performance 64% better than Title-24,
- CO2 emissions reduction of 137% (16,316 lbs of carbon dioxide).
- Use of onsite renewable energy to offset 130% of demand.
- Use of 100% natural ventilation for cooling.
- Low VOC emitting materials and finishes
- Photocell controlled Light systems and motion sensors.
- Light and temperature control of personal environment is provided.
- 100% of occupied spaces have daylight and views • Solar water heating