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Sustainable Design

Student Services Center
San Pablo, CA
Sustainable design is about more than the longevity of a building—it also addresses the goal of conserving energy and other resources.

We incorporate "green" techniques into our designs to reduce the amount of energy needed to operate a building, and explore many other options during the initial programming and design phases, such as the use of non-toxic, renewable and recycled materials, indoor air quality systems, and daylighting utilization.

We maintain LEED-accredited staff in-house, and are members of the US Green Building Council.

Interactive Resources has a long history of incorporating sustainable design measures. Founded in 1973 during the first energy crisis resulting from the Middle East oil embargo, the firm responded to rapidly rising energy prices by building an early practice based on energy-efficient design and alternative energy applications. The early work of the firm's president, Thomas K. Butt, FAIA, set the pace in California in the 1970's and early 1980's, influencing subsequent state energy conservation legislation and speeding the incorporation of energy conservation considerations into the mainstream of California architectural practice.

Representative Projects


Nystrom Modernization and Expansion - Nystrom Elementary School; Richmond,CA
Novato City Hall Historic Renovation - City of Novato; Novato,CA
Program Development Study - Honolulu Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse; Honolulu,HI
Program Development Study - 50 United Nations Plaza Federal Building; San Francisco,CA
GSA Ronald Dellums Federal Building - Social Security Administration Remodel; Oakland,CA
Cafeteria Remodel - 300 North Los Angeles Federal Building; Los Angeles,CA
Energy Efficient Projects - Reno U.S. Courthouse & Carson City Federal Building; Reno & Carson City,NV
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School - West Contra Costa Unified School District; Richmond,CA
9th Floor Tenant Improvements - Appraisers Building; San Francisco,CA
Solar Array - Sacred Heart Science & Student Life Center; Atherton,CA
Emerson Elementary School Solar Array - Berkeley Unified School District; Berkeley,CA
Solar Array - Windsor High School; Windsor,CA
Student Services Center - Contra Costa College; San Pablo,CA
Washington Elementary School - Modernization and Expansion; Richmond,CA
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars - Cave Entry and Shade Structure; Napa,CA
East Brother Light Station - Historic Restoration and Rehabilitation; Richmond,CA
PG&E Customer Service Office - Tenant Improvement; Hollister,CA
PG&E Customer Service Office - Tenant Improvement; Lodi,CA
PG&E San Ramon Common Area - Tenant Improvement; Danville,CA
ECOHAUS - Palisades Glacier Mountain Hut Design Competition; Palisades,CA
PG&E Customer Service Office - Tenant Improvement; Bakersfield,CA
PG&E Customer Service Office - Tenant Improvement; San Rafael,CA
PG&E Customer Service Center - Tenant Improvement; San Rafael,CA
First Church of Christ, Scientist - Reading Room and Sanctuary; Point Richmond,CA