The LPA Sustainability Lab

Our Irvine office doubles as a research and sustainability lab. It was the first occupied space in California to receive LEED® CI Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • This green workspace was executed on a tenant improvement allowance of $30 per square foot.
  • Eliminating private offices and moving fixed walls to the interior of the space, allows all employees to enjoy natural daylighting.
  • The highly efficient HVAC, lighting, and electrical systems contribute to an environment that exceeds California's Title 24 energy standards by 22%.
  • Recycled materials such as carpet, ceiling tiles, acoustics, fabrics, furniture, and wood are used throughout the office.
  • The furniture, designed by LPA, was purchased locally and blanket-wrapped to reduce carbon emissions and landfill waste.
  • Research from the LPA sustainability lab has resulted in numerous efficiency projects which include: replacement of all accent lighting to energy efficient LED lamps, T-8 lamps, and energy efficient fixtures as well as a software program that turns computers and monitors off when not in use.
  • In partnership with the University of California, Irvine and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, three 5KW Fuel Cells have been installed to test the use of smaller cells for onsite generation and heat waste recovery. The natural gas fuel cells produce electricity and the hot water waste used to preheat the space heating requirements for the LPA office.
  • A demonstration landscape habitat has been installed at the rear of the building, where native and drought tolerant plant materials require no irrigation.

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