Fresh Trends in Self-Storage: Facility Design and Building Showcase
Quartz Drive Self Storage: Shining With the Sun
The recently constructed Quartz Drive Self-Storage in Auburn, Calif., uses a number of energy-efficient practices, including solar panels on the rooftops, shown here.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is becoming more important all the time. The benefits of a LEED-certified building or project go beyond the tax breaks. Such a building will run more efficiently, saving money in the long run.
Ideally, LEED certification should be achieved in the early planning stages of a self-storage facility, but it can be accomplished after the business is open and operating. In any case, you don't need certification to enjoy the benefits of an efficient building.
At Quartz Drive Self Storage, the HVAC system is a super-efficient heat pump, and the facility includes compact fluorescent lights.
Photo courtesy of architectural firm ARE Associates.