Zero Net Energy Nature Center
IMEG provided engineering services to the County of San Diego’s new Santa Ysabel Nature Center. The design intent was to have a sustainability-focused experience that connects people to the outdoors while promoting the County’s “Live Well” goaIs.
Our team provided expertise in designing the new center to meet both LEED Gold and Zero Net energy certifications. The design provides energy efficiency of 20% better than the current California energy code Title 24 minimum efficiency compliance.
The Nature Center presented some unique problems for the design team. Because the building site was situated on a wildlife preserve, destruction of trees and protected plants on the property was strictly prohibited. A plan to create safe zones around the site where disturbance during construction would cause the least harm to the environment was developed. This further ensured that site disturbance could be avoided as well as maximizing structure efficiency, usability, and sustainability.