With an original design goal to meet LEED Silver standards, DAHLIN’s collaborative design process with the City of Dublin led to many energy- and water-conserving features, exceeding the original goal while also ensuring efficient facility operations and minimizing long-term maintenance costs.
The sustainable features achieved include:
- Solar energy to heat the water in the Natatorium pool.
- Roof design utilizing ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene), an innovative transparent polymer that is only one percent the weight of glass, yet, still transmits 95 percent of light. This was the first ETFE ceiling in Northern California and only the second in California overall at the time of completion, behind ARTIC—Anaheim’s Regional Transportation Intermodal Center. It provides better insulation with the following benefits:
-High light transmission while reducing solar heat gain
-Solar reflection and high durability under environmental exposure
-Reduces UV radiation absorption
-Increased thermal performance and natural ventilation by roof arc
-Reduces evaporation of pool water
-Recyclable and sustainable material contributes to global energy efficiency of the Natatorium
- High-efficiency LED lighting throughout the facility.
- Variable speed motors for the pool water circulation equipment.
- Storm water filtering system.
- Drought-tolerant landscaping with a state-of-the-art irrigation system.
- Low flow fixtures to minimize potable water use.
- Infrastructure for up to 10 electric vehicle-charging stations.
Among the largest architectural firms in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning is a full-service architecture and planning firm with proven expertise in residential architecture, community and recreational facilities, commercial buildings, urban design and custom homes. Noted for its command of site-specific housing types, the firm is widely recognized for sustainable planning and design and diverse urban and suburban development achievements. Its commitment to green and sustainable land uses and building designs is underscored by TOD, redevelopment and affordable projects, and by expanding LEED accreditation for principals and senior architects/planners. DAHLIN headquarters are in Pleasanton; the firm maintains offices in Irvine and San Diego, California; Bellevue, Washington; and in Beijing and Shanghai, China.