Building 850 serves as one of the U.S. Navy's two "Energy Showcase" facilities to demonstrate applications of the latest concepts in energy-efficient and sustainable facility design, construction and operation. Located in Port Hueneme in Ventura County, California, the building is home to Naval Base Ventura County Public Works Department and provides Naval staff with direct exposure to and experience with green building principles. The project includes a 10,000 ft2 (950 m2) remodel and a 7,000 ft2 (650 m2) addition.
The project serves not only as a functioning green building but also as a living laboratory and educational tool for emerging sustainable design and technologies. The building was carefully designed to take advantage of the mild climate and make use of passive systems that have been integrated with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems through an iterative design process to achieve maximum efficiency and indoor environmental quality.
The Building 850 design process was documented in a video production, and the project is featured on an Internet Web site to help provide the transfer of technologies to the public and other branches of government.