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Hanover Page Mill is an 8360-square me­tre com­mer­cial of­fice build­ing in Palo Alto, San Fran­cisco that won the Best Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment cat­e­gory in the re­cent Lead­ing Euro­pean Ar­chi­tec­ture Fo­rum (LEAF) Awards.

De­signed by Form4 Ar­chi­tec­ture, it has been awarded LEED Plat­inum cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and is ex­pected to be a net-zero struc­ture in the first quar­ter of 2018, fol­low­ing a year of sta­bilised oc­cu­pancy.

A key fea­ture of this high-per­for­mance build­ing is the use of alu­minium and glass sun­shades, with each el­e­va­tion de­signed and en­gi­neered to min­imise so­lar heat gain and so­lar glare on in­te­rior spa­ces.

Pho­to­voltaic pan­els are lo­cated on the of­fice’s roof and car­ports, and will even­tu­ally meet all of its power needs thanks also to con­tin­u­ous spray foam in­su­la­tion of rear walls and the ceil­ing in­su­la­tion of the base­ment garage which sig­nif­i­cantly low­ered en­ergy de­mands.

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