FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 3, 2012
Jenna Garland, Sierra Club, (404) 281-6398
City’s First Net Zero Energy Office Building Opens Doors for
New Generation of Green Entrepreneurs and Sierra Club Florida Headquarters
Note: Press kit including digital images & b-roll available at
St. Petersburg, FL (December 3, 2012)—Today, the city of St.
Petersburg—Florida’s inaugural green city—celebrated the grand opening of its first
net zero energy, fully self-sustaining commercial office building located at
1990 Central Avenue in the city’s historic Grand Central District. The building now houses Sierra Club’s state
headquarters and the shared creative space of Big Sea Design and Development
and Roundhouse Creative Studio.
“These days, green businesses aren’t just focused on
developing earth-friendly technologies, they are committed to offering a
product or service that consumers know has little to no environmental impact,”
said Tom Hall, the building’s developer and Managing Partner of All Florida
Management. “The emergence of this new green business culture has allowed our
company to focus on meeting the needs of the small business community by
dedicating ourselves to cultivating environmentally conscious commercial
building platforms that reflect both our clients’ personal and professional
Andrew Lee, Roundhouse Creative Studio’s owner and creative
director notes a similar sentiment when it comes to the principle of location
as a reflection of core values, “Not only was the idea of never having an
electricity or water bill appealing, but so was the opportunity to claim a work
environment that perfectly complements our own personal values.”
“We also know that a sustainable studio environment will
appeal to our target clients, so relocating was an easy decision,” adds Andi
Graham, principal at Big Sea Design & Development.
Hall sees the business opportunity that will come with expanding the city of
St. Petersburg’s green landscape, Mary Anne Hitt, Director of Sierra Club’s national
Beyond Coal campaign, says, “I am so proud to announce that Sierra Club is
opening its first-ever net zero energy office in Florida. Buildings like
this will be one of the important solutions we need to implement in
order to move our country beyond coal and oil. Sierra Club members and
staff have been working to make our homes energy efficient and powered by clean
energy, and now, our volunteers and staff in Florida can come to work for
the clean energy future in an office building that matches our values. We hope that this building will serve as an inspiration and
an example for others thinking about construction and renovation in Florida and
Hitt and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune have recently installed
solar panels on their homes in Sheperdstown, WV, and San Francisco, CA,
For this project, All Florida Management partnered with Bosch, a
leader in the development of next generation technologies that deliver
improved performance and efficiency while conserving natural resources. They outfitted the city’s greenest landmark
with an array of state of the art technologies that allow the building’s
proprietors to advertise their businesses as having a near zero environmental
impact. Here’s how:
LEED Platinum Certification: All Florida Management Group has
submitted through the USGBC-LEED rating program for LEED Platinum
commissioning, which is recognized internationally as the highest level of
green building certification.
Geothermal HVAC: A water-to-air Bosch geothermal system acts as the
building’s heating and cooling system and is recognized as one of the most
efficient HVAC systems on the market today with energy ratings topping 30EER.
Building Envelope: Roof insulation exceeding R-40, double insulated
windows with Low E and double reflective tint, foam filled CMU, rigid foam
insulation providing long-term R-value (RSI) provides essential protection from
the intense Florida sun bolstering the building’s energy efficiency from the
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels: Equipped with industry leading Bosch
photovoltaic solar panels; this building boasts one of the largest solar energy
systems in the area. Powered fully by the sun, these high powered solar panels
are expected to return energy to the city’s power grid.
Tankless Point of Use Water Heaters: Hyper efficient Bosch water heaters
equipped with low kW settings provide hot water at 99% efficiency and minimize stand-by
loss, saving both energy and water.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations: Participating in the
growing Charge Point America program, electric vehicle drivers will be welcomed
to charge their vehicles beneath the building’s solar powered carport.
Recycling: Building tenants have
committed to participating in a weekly recycling program collecting cardboard,
paper, plastics and metals that will be taken to local collection facilities
for cost efficient recycling.
About the developer & tenants of the net
zero energy building:
All Florida Management All Florida Management Group, Inc. is a vertically integrated company
founded in 2009 that incorporates solar, construction, management, design,
engineering, marketing and consulting that focuses on net zero project
developments. Our build/design/consulting mission is to reach or exceed grid
independence for smaller commercial buildings ranging from 15,000sqft or less
using solar and innovative building technologies.
Design & Development is a boutique web design & development agency based in
St. Petersburg, Florida. Founded in 2005, Big Sea builds brands,
websites, digital marketing strategies, web apps and mobile apps for
entrepreneurs, small and mid-sized businesses around the world.
cultivates brands with powerful stories to tell. Award winning videographers, graphic
designers and motion animation specialists deliver the creative vision that
transform our clients’ marketplace goals into an enduring brand experience.
Sierra Club Florida is the nation’s
largest and oldest environmental organization with more than 2 million members
and supporters nationwide. When not
exploring and enjoying nature, Sierra Club Florida staff and volunteers lead
campaigns to restore the Everglades, protect wilderness and wildlife, clean up
polluted air and water, and move the Sunshine State to a “net zero,” clean
energy and transportation future.