SDG&E's Energy Innovation Center Awarded LEED Platinum Certification By U.S. Green Building Council

 SDG&E's Energy Innovation Center Awarded LEED Platinum Certification By U.S.
                            Green Building Council

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 12, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E)
Energy Innovation Center (the Center), a showcase facility where residential
and business customers can learn about energy efficiency, alternative fuel
transportation and clean generation, has achieved LEED Platinum certification
by the U.S. Green Building Council.

"Earning LEED Platinum certification for the Energy Innovation Center is a
significant milestone for SDG&E, and is a testament to all of our committed
employees and community partners who have worked to help make this vision a
reality," said Pam Fair, vice president of environmental, operations support
and chief environmental officer for SDG&E. "Since its unveiling earlier this
year, this facility has been a valuable resource for the community and is
demonstrating ways that we all can move toward a more sustainable energy

LEED Platinum certification is the highest level of sustainability a building
can achieve with the U.S. Green Building Council, nonprofit organization
committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through
cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. For commercial buildings to
earn LEED certification, a project must satisfy all LEED prerequisites and
earn a minimum 40 points on a 110-point LEED rating system scale.

"SDG&E's Energy Innovation Center has raised the bar for our leadership class
of high-performing green buildings in San Diego," said Douglas Kot, executive
director of the San Diego Green Building Council. "Perhaps, more importantly,
the Center has also transformed an underutilized commercial neighborhood
center into a beacon of sustainability."

In order to meet the LEED platinum certification, SDG&E benefited from the
incorporation of the latest sustainable features in the Center's design. Some
of the key elements of the Center include:

  oSix sun-tracking solar "trees" in the parking lot provide shade and
    generate 62 kW of electricity. Combined with the solar panels on the
    roof, the system provides enough electricity to power 31 homes.
  oThe "cool roof" reflects the sun's rays and keeps the Center cooler than a
    conventional roof, which helps reduce the demand on the Center's air
    conditioning. The roof also has a rain water collection unit that stores
    water used for the Center's irrigation system.
  oThe landscape features drought resistant landscaping and efficient
    irrigation technology, resulting in a 50 percent water savings compared to
    a conventional design.
  o85 percent of the original building's materials were reused or recycled,
    including the carpet which is made from recycled tires.
  oOver 10 percent of the materials used to construct the building were
    harvested, manufactured and processed within 500 miles of the Center's
    site, reducing the environmental impacts associated with transportation
    and shipping building materials.

SDG&E began construction on an existing 27,000-square-foot building in
late-2010 and showcases different examples of highly efficient lighting, HVAC
units and leading technologies to demonstrate the choices available for
businesses and design professionals to incorporate into their buildings. Many
of the program offerings and design features are the result of a collaborative
approach with community-based organizations, local businesses and other key
stakeholders and technology sponsors.

Key features that customers can experience at the Center include:

  oSmart Home experience tours; sustainability tours; Food Service
    Demonstration Kitchen; interactive kiosks and resource library; water-wise
    walkway with drought-tolerant landscape demonstrations; and a Produce
    Demonstration Garden.

A key component of the Center is the full commercial Food Service
Demonstration Kitchen that boasts over 40 energy efficient appliances. Chefs,
restaurant owners, and facility managers with commercial kitchens can test
their recipes on energy efficient equipment to ensure that the updated
appliances work well with their dishes. 

In addition to LEED Platinum, the Energy Innovation Center was also recently
honored with additional awards including the 2012 Orchid Award for Adaptable
Reuse and the American Institute of Architects San Diego Chapter's Committee
on the Environment Award. At the award ceremonies, the Center's architect,
Hanna Gabriel Wells, was recognized for sustainable architecture that
integrates buildings with the physical and cultural environment.

The Energy Innovation Center is located at 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in San
Diego and is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. To learn
more about how you can utilize the Energy Innovation Center visit

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy
service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more
than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating
ways to help customers save energy and money every day.SDG&E is a subsidiary
of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company
based in San Diego.


SOURCE San Diego Gas & Electric

Contact: Allison Zaragoza, San Diego Gas & Electric, 1-877-866-2066,, Twitter: @sdge
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