435 Indio Way

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Total Gross Floor Area 31,800 ft²

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“We wanted to prove that this type of sustainable renovation is not only cost-effective, but actually more profitable than the old way of doing things,” said Kevin Bates, president of Sharp Development.

Working with the Integral Group, the developer rebuilt the project to include roof-mounted solar panels as well as skylights, electrochromic (self-tinting) windows and superefficient LED lighting systems.

With such windows and skylights in place, natural light illuminates the building from an hour after sunrise until an hour before sunset, Bates said.

Less conventional is the symphony of computer-programmed automation that brightens and dims the lighting, opens and closes the skylights and windows, and turns on and off the extra-large interior fans, all to maximize natural light and minimize air conditioning or heating requirements.

The traditional concept of insulation is reversed because the building’s interior concrete walls provide an outstanding “heat sink” that keeps temperatures stable. With that in mind, the building was insulated not from the interior, but from the exterior, using a ceramic-based coating that doesn’t require painting.

Granted, aside from the computer programming, many of the “green” building methods used in 435 Indio date back decades, if not centuries. Pre-air-conditioning-age architects used shading, ventilation and fans to keep interior temperatures mild, while a visit to a typical ancient European cathedral in the heart of summer will prove how thick, heavy walls and their heat-absorbing capabilities can keep interior spaces relatively cool, said John Andary, principal of Integral Group.

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