Royal Electric Company was honored to collaborate with Market One Builders assisting in the delivery of this revolutionary Living Building Challenge project. The 8,200-square foot building was gutted and remodeled; making it not only California’s first certified Living Building Challenge project but also the world’s first as a re-purposed structure. Additionally, a variety of incredible renewable features earned this building LEED Platinum status. Solar panels produce over 105% of required energy, a rainwater collection system stores potable water in cisterns; furthermore a gray water filtration process allows recycled water to flush toilets. There is even a living wall inside the facility, promoting air quality and enabling the disposal of excess water by means of evaporation.
This was without a doubt the most environmentally conscience project we have worked on to date. Sourcing Red List compliant materials proved to be extremely difficult for our team, but it was also tremendously rewarding to meet the challenges presented by this design. The Living Building Challenge represents an important shift in our industry, producing buildings that are more beneficial to the community as well as eliminating the possible exposure to toxic chemicals. This not only improves the health of building occupants for years to come, but also construction crews who install materials. We are proud of the building that was remodeled and hope it embodies an example of what is possible when it comes to sustainability in construction.