Smarter Business: Green Building

Greener by Design: NRDC's Santa Monica Office
/— Introduction —//— Walkthrough —//— Project Resources —//— Green Building Links —/
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displacement ventilation system

When we need air conditioning (this is Southern California, after all), our high-efficiency system uses displacement ventilation to focus cool air where it is needed.

Each enclosed office has its own heating and cooling plinth, which acts as an air distribution and cooling device and houses a heating convector.

Office sprawl has huge environmental consequences. Downtown locations are more efficient, but pose problems of their own, such as urban heat islands.


As our population grows, clean water is becoming an increasingly precious resource. Wiser use and conservation can help ensure an adequate supply.


A future with clean air and a stable climate hinges on our ability to cut energy use and rely more heavily on renewable sources.


Building materials can cost a lot: forest destruction, waste, pollution. But products made with sustainably harvested wood and recycled materials save natural resources.


The environment isn't only outside. Indoors, too, people deserve clean air and access to the beauties of nature.

/— Introduction —//— Walkthrough —//— Project Resources —//— Green Building Links —/

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