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on November 15, 2016 4:11 pm EST
U.S. Navy Opens its First Zero Net Energy Building
A church campus design-applicable Child Development Center in California demonstrates growth investment -- both in children's lives and in efforts toward environmental sustainabilty.
Child Development Center at the USMC base in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Images courtesy of domusstudio architecture of San Diego.
The Child Development Center (CDC) at the USMC base in Twentynine Palms, Calif., is the Navy’s first Zero Net Energy facility to generate as much renewable electrical energy from its artfully designed photovoltaic tree structures as it consumes over the course of a year from both natural gas and electricity. California’s recent revisions to the Title 24 Energy Code put in place ambitious performance goals where all residential buildings must be Zero Net Energy by 2020, and all commercial buildings must follow suit by 2030. The code also applies to retrofit projects that pass certain thresholds.
The project was the Navy’s first Net–Zero facility, generating as much renewable electrical energy from its artfully designed photovoltaic tree structures as it consumes over the course of a year from both natural gas and electricity.
The CDC’s Child Activity Rooms are organized around a sheltering courtyard plan, oriented to the cardinal North-South-East-West directions, creating a shared outdoor common space protected from the harsh desert environment with intentionally placed views out to the surrounding desert, mountains, and principal landmarks.
Within the courtyard, a shared atelier children’s studio provides an open, light and airy space for children’s creative play and artwork with work-tables, benches, supplies, and exhibit spaces.Design details
The architectural form of the Twentynine Palms Child Development Center, created by domusstudio architecture of San Diego, responds to the Mojave Desert’s extreme climatic and environmental conditions, providing a variety of shaded and sheltered interior and outdoor spaces designed and constructed with the owner’s stated intention to redefine what Marine Corps families can expect from a Marine Corps Child Care facility.
Design elements were incorporated to offer opportunities for engagement and stimulation of the children’s natural curiosity and capacity for learning both about nature (things growing and responding to the energy of the sun and the rhythmic cycles of the earth) and architecture (exposed structure, various materials, textures and colors, the varying qualities of sound produced by changing ceiling heights within connected interior spaces, and the visual contrasting qualities of sunlight vs. shadow and filtered light vs. shade).