Real Goods Solar Living Center
As a leading distributor of products for self-sufficiency and energy conservation, Real Goods Trading Company wanted a showroom that embodied and reinforced their business ethic. Sited on a 12-acre parcel in Hopland, California, the Solar Living Center uses a wide array of energy efficient and climate responsive design features combined with careful site planning, sustainable materials and systems and native and edible landscaping.
The new showroom has also improved their bottom line. In the first year of operation, sales were double that of the previous year and 50% over projections. Since then sales have continued to exceed projections.
The American Institute of Architects honored this project by naming it one of the top ten environmental projects in the United States for Earth Day 1999.
Size Site 12 acres; Retail Center 5,500 SF
Construction Cost $7,900,000