AIM Associates is the High Performance/Green
consultant for the City of Petaluma for the new
Mary Isaak Center multi-service facility.
The facility will be run by COTS, the Committee
On The Shelterless, who offers hope and help
to homeless persons in Southern Sonoma County
by providing them safe shelter and helping them
toward their goal of getting a home of their own.
We started our input at the very beginning
by advising the city in the selection the architect
by participation in the architect interviews.
AIM Associates asked questions and provided
evaluation of the teams Green experience
and approach for this project.
AIM Associates helped the city
establish appropriate Green goals. We reviewed
the architects design submittals. We provided
computer energy simulations and analysis. We also
provided examples of best practice,
high performance, and Green improvements that
would benefit the owner, users and community.
The Green features include:
- Orientation on the site to take advantage
of sunlight and cross ventilation to make it
a healthier building for the occupants and staff.
- Conscious attention to daylighting
from windows and skylights to reduce the need
for artificial lights.
- Photometric sensors that gradually change
lighting levels in public areas to save electricity
use and reduce the heat output during hot weather.
- Motion sensors to turn out lights when no
one is in the room.
- A high efficiency water heater.
- Waterless urinals in the mens rooms.
- Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
systems combined with natural ventilation/passive
cooling to make it a healthier building for
the occupants and staff while being energy efficient.
- Overhanging roofs that provide shade in the
summer but allow winter solar heat gain.
- High performance glass that minimized heat
gain from summer sun.
Indoor air quality material choices:
- Very little use of materials that emit toxic
- Carpet not used in lobbies, corridors or major
- First floor ihas painted concrete floors
- Linoleum (a natural cork product) as the flooring
material on the second floor.
- Outdoor lighting that directs light downward,
thereby reducing unnecessary light pollution.
- Access to public transportation. Once the
Caulfield extension crosses the railroad tracks,
it will be a short walk to the nearest bus stop.
- Amenities for bicycles: racks of course, but
also a designated bike repair area.
- Modest parking lot; COTS worked hard with
the city planning to prevent acres and acres
- Water efficient landscaping.
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