During construction, West Elm practiced a number of progressive green building techniques and standards. Materials were recycled, low VOC paint was used throughout, and the hardwood floors of the store are reclaimed wood that comes from old barns. Energy efficient lighting was installed along with low flow plumbing fixtures and an air conditioning system maximizing the use of fresh air.California Academy of Sciences, West Elm has a living roof covered in turf, flowers and grasses. The living roof not only helps to insulate the building, it also has an integrated irrigation system that reduces their water usage by up to 25%. In addition to providing an urban natural habitat for butterflies, birds, and insects, the roof houses a large solar power system. Projected to offset 10-15% of the power consumption for the building, west elm estimates that it will help to remove the CO2 emission equivalent to planting 17 acres of trees.
Clearly visible from the Bay Bridge, the Emeryville location is a vivid example of what Dave DeMattei, group president Williams-Sonoma, Williams-Sonoma Home & West Elm brands, considers “embracing green building practices in retail construction."
Has anyone checked out the new location? We’ll be visiting soon, and would love to hear what other locals think!