Arch | Nexus SAC

The design of our Sacramento Office, dubbed Arch |Nexus SAC, seeks to express our company core values of inspiration, stewardship, and regeneration. This section of the website focuses on different design features that incorporate these values. The goals we are pursuing are lofty, however, the variety of methods and systems employed to achieve these goals are available to anyone. Our hope is that Arch | Nexus SAC will be an inspiration for others to employ similar methods and create places that enhance the community and respect nature.

existing building

Building Re-Use

One of the most sustainable features that any building can have is to not build a new building at all, but rather to re-use an existing one. Arch | Nexus SAC is a renovation of an existing warehouse/office. By doing this, we are saving massive amounts of waste going to a landfill. Additionally, the building material that is not being re-used on site is collected for recycling.

Appendix A - Flow Schematic

Water Harvesting and Treatment

The California water crisis has punctuated a growing need for buildings that make more efficient use of water. In addition to reduced water use by means of waterless urinals, composting toilets, and low flow fixtures, Arch | Nexus SAC will harvest and store rainwater on site, and treat gray water from showers and sinks on site through of a living vegetative wall.

EUI

Energy Efficient Systems

Arch | Nexus SAC has an estimated Energy Use Intensity of 36, less than half of a typical office building. This is achieved through a highly efficient LED lighting system, thin client computer workstations, an air-cooled Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC system, operable windows for natural ventilation, as well as an optimized building envelope.

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Photovoltaic Solar Array

A reduced energy footprint makes it possible to generate all of the buildings electrical energy on site. Solar Panels installed on the roof and on an the connected parking canopy will produce 105% of all the electricity needed for Arch | Nexus SAC. The surplus energy will be put on to the electrical grid providing a small amount of energy for other buildings in Sacramento.

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Daylight

Exposure to sunlight has many benefits for people working in offices, including better quality sleep, improved worker productivity, and improved worker happiness. Additionally, sunlight is a free form of light for interior spaces. Arch | Nexus SAC incorporates special daylight harvesting devices to illuminate the interior. These devices convert the intense direct sunlight into soft indirect daylight which is perfect for healthy interior environments.

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No Harmful Chemicals

The International Living Future Institute publishes a list of materials, chemicals, and elements known as the “Red List”. These are considered “worst in class” and pose serious risks to human health and the greater ecosystem. All materials included in Arch | Nexus SAC have been thoroughly vetted to be Red List free.