- Solar photovoltaic panels on the roof help create up to 32 kW of power – a renewable source of electricity – and prevent heat absorption by the building’s flat surfaces.
- Daylight harvesting maximizes the use of natural light throughout the day.
- Light pollution is reduced by keeping parking and other exterior lighting to the minimum needed for safety and comfort of employees and customers.
- Water efficient landscaping uses drought-resistant plants and xeriscaping techniques to reduce water needed by traditional landscaping by 50 percent.
- High efficiency glass allows a maximum amount of sunlight into work areas, reducing the need for artificial lighting and the associated heat generated by the lighting system.
- Solar water heating via rooftop panels heats water without electricity and helps prevent heat absorption.
- Highly reflective roofing material helps prevent heat absorption by the building’s flat surfaces.
- Water collection cistern holds rain water and condensate water for landscaping and other non-potable uses.
- Recycled or repurposed materials are incorporated throughout the building.
- Covered parking reduces heat absorption.
- Bicycle racks for customers and employees.
- Vertical and horizontal shading allows sunlight in while limiting glare and solar gain.
- Preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles such as hybrids.
- Optimal site placement avoids wetlands, undeveloped lakeside sites, farm lands or any other area prohibited by LEED certification.
Explore the Features of OUC’s Green Headquarters
Click the white and green interactive points on the left to learn more about Reliable Plaza and the many ways it was engineered to save energy.