MKK Consulting Engineers teamed with 4240 Architecture to help with net zero energy design solutions for the Architecture at Zero 2017 challenge.  The challenge this year called for a visitor’s center and outfitters building on the San Francisco Bay for the Romberg Tiburon Environmental Research Center at San Francisco State University. Our team’s solution was derived from studying the natural flows of the local ecology and site. We developed a positive energy solution that features building indoor environmental quality as occupant sensory experience, connecting the staff and visitors more fully to the environment. We call the concept Indoor Weather, which utilizes a passive HVAC and lighting approach that mimics real time weather conditions and qualities within maintaining thermal comfort, air quality, and visual comfort. Congratulations to Tom Hootman and Penny Cole for their contribution to the winning team!

Thank you to 4240 Architecture for providing the renderings.