Clif Bar Headquarters Nabs LEED Platinum

Clif bars themselves may be more chewy than crunchy, but Clif Bar, the company, is all about the green lifestyle. Which is why it’s not all that surprising that its headquarters in Emeryville, Calif. — a little nook  between Berkeley and Oakland — has taken LEED Platinum certification. It’s the  first building in the city to hit this mark in the commercial interior category, considered the industry benchmark for green design in tenant improvements.

Located at 1451 66th Street, Clif Bar’s 115,000-square-foot office space was built by San Francisco-based DPR Construction and designed by ZGF Architects of Portland, Ore. Energy efficiency was a priority here, as was solar power. The building’s rooftop features a “smart” solar array optimized for max output via monitors integrated into individual solar panels; the system is expected to provide for the majority of the building’s electricity needs.

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image via Clif Bar

Additionally, solar thermal panels provide 70 percent of the heat needed for the building’s hot water, and low-flow fixtures help reduce water use overall. All of which contributes to another shiny gold star for Clif Bar:  the solar array — in combo with energy conservation efforts in Clif Bar’s R&D kitchen and energy-efficient office equipment — makes the company’s headquarters one of the first buildings in the state to comply with the 2008 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

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image via Clif Bar

“I started Clif Bar with the idea for a better tasting energy bar. Today, we continue to challenge ourselves to do business in a better way,” said Gary Erickson, founder, co-owner and co-CEO of Clif Bar & Company, in a statement. He goes on to note that this LEED Platinum building reflects Clif Bar’s ongoing commitment to long term sustainability for its business and brands, as well as to people, community and the planet.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.