Additionally, the G&C building is a Net Zero Energy building, using no power at all from the grid. Solar panels turn sunlight into electricity, a living roof insulates the building and supports pollinators, the lights are all efficient LED's, and the building is fossil fuel-free.
地源热泵系统 The G&C uses a geoexchange system to provide both hot and cold water for the building. This pioneering technology absorbs and utilizes heat stored naturally in groundwater. There are twenty‐nine 490 foot‐deep wells onsite. Water used to drive the system is recirculated through these wells. Through a very complex heat exchanger, the heat is extracted from the water to provide domestic hot water and hydronic heating through the floors, and also in unique ceiling tile. In a reversal process, cold water is produced to run through the hydronic system to cool the rooms when needed. The Geoexchange system much more efficient than a traditional water heater or HVAC system.
The 珍妮特durgin Guild & Commons includes a sophisticated irrigation system that uses plants to filter reclaimed greywater from the kitchen sinks to water the surrounding gardens, as well as a rainwater catchment system.
The 珍妮特durgin Guild & Commons building was completed in October 2017. Designed by leading architectural firm WRNS工作室 在旧金山，并通过建 XL建设 in Silicon Valley, the building has gained quite a bit of attention for its beautiful and deeply sustainable design. To date, the Guild & Commons has been awareded the following:
A 2018 Beyond Green™ Honor Award, First Place in the High-Performance Buildings Category from The National Institute of Building Sciences went to Sonoma Academy for its new 珍妮特durgin Guild & Commons facility in Santa Rosa, California. The Honor Award, First Place for the High-Performance Buildings category.