Posted on May 10, 2013

Marin County: College of Marin Gets Incentive Check for Energy-Efficient Building

Students began using the new Science, Math and Nursing Building in January.

KENTFIELD – At a ceremony today (May 10), PG&E officials presented representatives of the College of Marin with a six-figure check for making the new Science, Math and Nursing Building so energy efficient.

The $305,000 incentive check was presented to the college for energy efficient design and construction of its new Science, Math and Nursing Building.  PG&E has been working with the College of Marin since 2008 to help utilize the benefits and incentives of PG&E’s New Construction Incentive Program. As a result, the College of Marin has received a total of $620,000 in PG&E incentives and saved more than 1.6 million kWh over the past 12 months.

By constructing the Science, Math and Nursing Building with energy efficiency in mind, PG&E estimates the College of Marin will save approximately 708,000 kWh and 119,000 therms per year.

The ceremony and ribbon cutting was held at the College of Marin’s Kentfield Campus at 835 College Ave. in Kentfield.

The 77,000-square-foot, three-story building is home to state-of-the-art smart classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices. The facility opened to students in January.

From left, Wanden Treanor, College of Marin trustee; David Wain Coon, College of Marin superintendent and president; Stephanie O'Brien, College of Marin vice president; and PG&E's Randy De Caminada, an energy solutions and services manager, at today's event.

The building was designed to meet sustainable building practices and has been submitted for Gold Certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program by the U.S. Green Building Council. It features photovoltaic panels and a geothermal heating and cooling water system. Natural lighting and inviting indoor and outdoor meeting spaces will encourage collaboration among students, faculty and staff.

Among the design elements:

  • Solar panels to supply heating for the domestic hot water system.
  • The structure relies wholly on a geothermal field (approximately 400 wells) to supply the heating and cooling loads for the facility. This field also supplies heating and cooling to the school’s new Fine Arts building and will supply the future Academic Center.
  • The building has green roof areas which contribute to landfill diversion through the use of recycled materials; contribute to prolonging the life of the HVAC systems through decreased use due to the added roof insulation the green roof provides; and contribute to increased storm water management and improved air quality.

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