New HQ Chalks Up a Big Green Zero

Opening a new Bay Area HQ requires a lot of energy.

Power and thermal management solutions provider Delta has opened its new Americas headquarters, a LEED Platinum facility in Fremont. Intended as a technology showcase as well as the company’s corporate home, the 180,000-square-foot building will feature Delta’s proprietary products and is designed to achieve net-zero standards.

M.S. Huang, President Delta Americas

M.S. Huang, President Delta Americas

“We’ve incorporated our most innovative products to ensure that the Delta Americas Headquarters becomes a model of green building and also a showcase for Delta’s solutions,” said Delta Americas President M. S. Huang in a statement.

The building’s most distinctive feature is a geothermal heating and cooling system. A ground source heat pump is connected to a loop field of pipes 30 feet underground. The pipes transfer heat to and from the ground and help achieve a 60 percent reduction in energy consumption. The system enables the building to rely solely on renewable energy produced onsite.

In order to achieve its goals, the building is also powered by a 616-kilowatt solar system utilizing Delta’s solar inverters. The energy conversion efficiency of those panels is up to 98.5 percent and is expected to generate over 1,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year.

The property was built by general contractor Vance Brown, from designs provided by J.J. Pan & Associates.

Image courtesy of delta-americas.com