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September 21-23, 2021
San Diego Convention CenterSan Diego, CA

GREENBUILD TOURS

Tour beautiful San Diego, get once-in-a-lifetime behind-the-scenes access to unique facilities and earn your CEU’s outside of the classroom!

Greenbuild offers 15 tours that allow you to explore, learn and experience real hands-on learning. Tours are open to ALL pass types! Simply register for a $25 Expo Only Pass and you can add on the Tour of your choice. Tours require an additional fee and all details are listed below.

County of San Diego Operations Campus Tour

Monday, September 20, 2021

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Delivery Format: In-Person in San Diego

TOUR: Public Private Partnerships can be Sustainable - County of San Diego Operations Campus

Tour the County of San Diego's renowned Operations Center, designed to accommodate over 3,000 County employees in healthy and sustainable environments. The design of these facilities boasts many sustainable features, such as water and energy efficient buildings and grounds, EV charging, PV and battery energy storage, and a sophisticated campus wide building automation system. Workspaces in the office towers are designed to maintain access to daylight for an average of 90% of the floor area and access to exterior views for an average of 98% of regularly occupied spaces. Redeveloped in stages, starting in 2010, the two newest facilities, the Regional Crime Lab and Technology and Information Center, serve the operational needs of the Sheriff's department. The campus and individual buildings have won design awards as well as energy efficiency incentives. The tour will begin with a presentation by the key players in the 3P redevelopment effort, and follow with tours of the buildings, grounds, and exciting energy features, and wrap up with lunch at the Commons.

Please Note: Attendees must be able to climb stairs

Balboa Park Walking Tour

Monday, September 20, 2021

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Delivery Format: In-Person in San Diego

TOUR: Balboa Park Walking Tour: Celebrating History, Collaboration & Sustainability on a Park-Wide Scale

This picturesque walking tour will highlight one of the most iconic landmarks in San Diego, Balboa Park. In addition to historical architecture and inspiring anecdotes, this tour will showcase the collaborative Green Assistance Program implemented by the San Diego Green Building Council. Explore how the synergies between non-profits, municipalities and volunteer networks have helped this park achieve their goal of 10 LEED Certified buildings across the campus. Participants will visit three of Balboa Park’s most popular museums; the Museum of Man where you’ll get a birds-eye view from the California Tower and hear challenges and successes of becoming a LEED Gold historical building; the Natural History Museum where sustainability and preservation collide; and the Reuben H Fleet Science Center – home to innovation and a passionate team of facilities staff eager to reach new heights. As the group walks between the stops, a local expert will discuss the historical significance of many of the park's buildings and areas (Plaza de Panama, Speckels Organ Pavilian, and International Cottages), as well as the diverse plants and gardens that are throughout the park (Alcazar Garden, Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and the Moreton Bay Fig Tree.) This half-day tour will end with a light lunch at the first location to participate in the Green Assistance Program in 2012, the World Beat Cultural Center, accompanied by a short presentation on the park’s endeavor to achieve the LEED for Communities certification.

Please Note: portions of this tour have limited ADA access

Campus at Horton Tour

Monday, September 20, 2021

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Delivery Format: In-Person in San Diego

TOUR: Campus at Horton – Transforming Downtown San Diego (…again!)

In 1982, the Horton Plaza shopping center was transformational to San Diego’s downtown scene, bringing retail and public life back to the urban core. Now as San Diego is quickly becoming a tech, bio and R+D talent magnet, Campus at Horton is once again bringing that energy from the suburbs back to downtown. Currently in construction, the Campus at Horton is the transformation from the iconic 1982 Jerde outdoor mall to a new (nearly 1 million SF) high-tech office campus over mixed retail. The story begins with the ownership-leasing conversation driving the desire for an ultra-high performing product with a fast-tracked design process. Upfront goals include carbon neutrality (for office), a new central plant, high-performance façade design, blackwater reuse, embodied carbon accountability and active programming and operations. This tour will walk attendees through the early phases of the developer-driven sustainability evaluation process and tenant targeting through design and financing. Tour leaders will also speak to critical LEED v4 Core & Shell credits, WELL v2 CORE features, Wired Score requirements, onsite renewables, central plant design, blackwater design. During this tour representatives from the design team, owner/developer, and contractors will discuss the team’s approaches toward sustainability and explore how these strategies are executed throughout construction.

Please note this tour will visit an active construction site which may not be conducive to attendees with mobility limitations

Tubes & Brews Tour

Monday, September 20, 2021

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Delivery Format: In-Person in San Diego

TOUR: Tubes & Brews - Sustainable Local Manufacturing

North San Diego County has become a center for high-tech manufacturing and product development. Travel to the Solatube International headquarters to explore the sustainable features of this workplace and watch the manufacturing of the patented Tubular Daylighting Devices. Incorporating a variety of daylighting design strategies reduced overall energy consumption and annual CO2 emissions. Integrating the innovative TDD technology throughout the building allows the majority of its employees’ access to healthy daylight.

Please note: Attendees must be 21 years of age or older and must wear closed-toe shoes

UCSD Tour

Friday, September 24, 2021

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Delivery Format: In-Person in San Diego


TOUR: UCSD - A Sustainable Living & Learning Campus

The UC San Diego campus has several transformative projects in progress. The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood is a significant addition to the campus that integrates Sustainability, Health and Wellness into all aspects of the design. This tour will showcase how the first live learn neighborhood on campus is a fully integrated university community blending student housing, academic buildings, parking, classrooms, and community space to create a truly immersive learning experience for students. The desired outcomes included improvement to public health and air quality, conservation of water, efficient use of existing resources, and increased clean energy production, thereby improving the quality of life. A preliminary Life Cycle Cost Analysis was performed prior to design award to demonstrate best value. Specific best value strategies were selected from a comprehensive list of possibilities. The selected strategies were chosen to target LEED Platinum and Energy Use Intensity (EUI) goals in keeping with UC Carbon reduction goals. Set in the beautiful setting of La Jolla, the design for North Torrey Pines Live Learn Neighborhood (NTPLLN) takes full advantage of the natural environment. From natural ventilation to optimized daylighting and views, the project is intrinsically linked to its site.

Please Note: Attendees of this tour will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19

Olivewood Gardens Tour

Friday, September 24, 2021

8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Delivery Format: In-Person in San Diego


TOUR: Olivewood Gardens Tour (Greenbuild Legacy Project)

In an unprecedented double header Greenbuild Conference in San Diego, The Legacy Project Committee was given the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Olivewood Gardens, which serves San Diego's National City Community. While National City has been deemed a food desert (i.e. void of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy whole foods) by the United States Department of Agriculture, Olivewood Gardens' mission is to unravel that designation through their nutrition education classes to students of all ages, their pay what you can food stand, and their production of healthy foods for the local elementary schools. We furthered that mission in 2020 by organizing over 100 socially distanced volunteers to deliver means for sustainable water collection and a shaded, blueberry garden with hundreds of plants which will contribute to the food production for local elementary schools. In 2021, we will rely on donated earth work provided by DemCon to make space for more fruit trees in addition to the 20+ garden beds, with lumber for the beds donated by Lumber Cycle, and leverage the strong community to build the raised beds and prepare them for fall planting, to leave a legacy unlike any other. Come share in the magic that is Olivewood Gardens!

Gensler & Miller Hull Studios Tour

Friday, September 24, 2021

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Delivery Format: In-Person in San Diego

TOUR: A Peek Behind the Curtain - LEED, WELL, LBC & ZNE Architectural Offices

First Stop: Tour the Gensler studio renovation in downtown San Diego. The tour will include a presentation with:

  • Project objectives, and goals, including promoting sustainability (pursuing LEED platinum, WELL gold, and Fitwel).
  • The impact of research, pre-occupancy surveys and testing on the design.
  • The integration of innovative systems in the hermetically sealed office, including natural ventilation, chilled sails, chilled beams, and radiant heat.
  • Target value design and how clearly defined goals drove budget decisions.
  • Post occupancy surveys, testing and data analysis that reinforces the LEED and WELL driven design decisions.

After the presentation, enjoy a tour of the 21,600 sf studio including the lobby/gallery, open office, meeting spaces, and support areas.


Second Stop: The Miller Hull Partnership’s San Diego studio is located along the Point Loma Marina and faces the San Diego Bay. During this tour, architects will describe how the design team transformed the existing shell space into what the studio is today. Interestingly, the original building was also designed by Miller Hull over ten years ago and the space itself was originally planned for a restaurant/catering business. The project is pursuing 6 LBC Petal certification including Zero Net Energy and the design team will identify the sustainability features of the space that helps achieve each Petal. The session will discuss the health and wellness approach of the space and the use of Red List free materials, the challenges of finding them and vetting them through construction. The team will also discuss the experience of operating a Zero Net energy office and the challenges of tracking energy use, managing occupant comfort and ultimately achieving net positive energy after 1 year of operation.

Wrap up the tour with a happy hour hosted at the Miller Hull studio along with picturesque San Diego Bay. Featuring local brews and refreshments! 

TOUR: ReBru Distillery Tour - Doing More By Wasting Less

Friday, September 24, 2021
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

ReBru Spirits was born out of the idea of doing more by wasting less. Wine, beer, and spirits all have their origin in locally sourced raw materials. Most styles originated from what was present and abundant in the region. Globalization has allowed us to source grains, hops, yeast, and other raw materials from around the world. This is great for consumer options, but terrible in the quest towards anything remotely close to ‘sustainability’. Is a company that sources its ingredients or packaging from China, then exports the finished product around the nation sustainable because they use recycled materials? We think not. Truly achieving sustainability is an increasingly difficult task, but ReBru's mission is to do everything in their power to do so. Through a guided tour of their facilities, observe first hand the process of 'recrafting' local beer destined for the drain or landfill. Expert distillers will demonstrate the process, learning from nature: "Through the process of evaporation, ocean water is naturally distilled into rainwater, and we are working with a man-made version of that exact process." Sharing the space with Thorn St. brewery and Hott Mess pizza, repurposing in both directions, closing the loop within their small ecosystem.