To accommodate our expansion, on Sept. 24, 2018, CSE moved to new headquarters located at 3980 Sherman Street. Our new 30,000-square-foot home was originally constructed in 1983 and has been retrofitted to showcase the application of energy efficiency technologies and sustainable materials in existing buildings.
The retrofit features a second floor daylighting solution to significantly reduce the energy load from overhead daytime lighting, as well as provide benefits to employee health and productivity. The rest of our lighting needs will be provided by LED lighting. We've also replaced the building’s old packaged rooftop air conditioning units with a high-efficiency variable refrigerant flow heat pump system that we expect will reduce HVAC-related energy costs by up to 27% annually.
The space also demonstrates the use of sustainable construction materials, including 100% recyclable floor carpet tiles made from 41.5% preconsumer recycled content with “red list”-free certified materials. These carpet tiles also reduce material waste and ongoing maintenance costs compared to standard broadloom carpet, as carpet repairs can be accomplished with replacement of individual tiles rather than large sections of carpet.
In the parking lot, CSE is partnering with SDG&E to install 25 Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations to facilitate the use of EVs by staff and visitors. Additionally, the site will include more than 20 bicycle lockers to encourage carbon-free, human-powered commuting.
The newly renovated office space includes a large meeting facility with full kitchen that will enable CSE to continue hosting education and outreach workshops. As in the past, this space will be available for businesses and community groups to use.
Ingenuity & collaboration
“In our new space we demonstrate how tenant build-outs can leverage innovative renewable technologies and materials to create a win/win for the building owner and tenant. Better living space; more attractive building,” Goldenhersh said. “I’m proud of our group for working hard to demonstrate that ingenuity and collaboration can produce sustainability wins in the built environment.”
Because buildings have a lifespan of 50 to 120 years, and in California consume 70% of all electricity and are responsible for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions, this kind of tenant-owner collaboration in the remodel arena is key to achieving the sustainable future that will benefit us all, he remarked.
The phone numbers and contact information for CSE’s new San Diego headquarters, and for offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Boston and New York, will remain the same.