NextNow Collaboratory has two locations–within the Sustainable Enterprise Cluster in the David Brower Center, and an 1,800 square foot office and collaboration space in the Strawberry Creek Design Center.
Our newest location, NextNow Collaboratory is part of the Sustainable Enterprise Cluster at the new David Brower Center, one of the Bay Area’s most advanced green buildings. (The developers, Equity Community Builders, also developed San Francisco’s Thoreau Center for Sustainability.) Situated right across the street from the University of California, Berkeley, the DBC considers itself the region’s hub for environmental and social action. It was conceived as a physical space that will foster collaboration among tenants and with the larger community, catalyze a broader population in advocacy, and facilitate cross-sector communication and solutions. We’re thrilled to be part of this community that includes Earth Island Institute, The Center for Ecoliteracy, and The Redford Center, as well as several for-profit companies dedicated to facilitating the shift.
When you come to visit, put this in the category of “Don’t Miss”:
Building Dashboard: Our interactive Building Dashboard will make the Brower Center’s energy consumption transparent by allowing the Center, our tenants and our visitors to monitor the building’s energy “vital signs” in real time right from this site. Check out our consumption right now, or look at consumption patterns over time. Compare our building’s usage with another monitored building. And get an in-depth look at the green design features that help reduce our impact on the planet.
BROWER CENTER: GREEN FEATURES (Courtesy JETSON GREEN)
The building was designed to foster community and collaboration and be ecologically sound. The Brower Center will provide educational programming, lectures, events, and exhibits. Centrally located in Berkley, tenants can take public transportation or bike commute because of available bicycle parking and showers. A car-share program is also located in the underground garage. Other environmental features include:
- Photovoltaics on the roof provide shade and solar energy;
- 53% of the materials used in construction were recycled;
- High fly-ash content concrete used in foundation walls;
- Gray water system uses runoff water for toilet flushing and irrigation;
- Efficient radiant heating and cooling within concrete structural slabs;
- Solar shading on all south facing windows;
- 100% daylighting in all office areas; and
- Non-toxic carpet and finishes throughout.
The David Brower Center was designed to be 40% more energy efficient than a similar, traditionally constructed building, but the most fascinating feature is the proposed Interactive Building Dashboard. This will allow tenants and visitors to monitor the building’s current energy consumption. It uses patterns over time and compares those results with other monitored buildings.
NextNow Collaboratory/Sustainability Cluster, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 280, Berkeley, CA 94704
Our main collaboration space is 1,800 square feet on the second floor of this historical registry building catering to artists, NGO’s and social entrepreneurs. NNC provides collaboration space for network members and member collaborations and meet-ups such as Natural Logic Sustainability Consultants, Invest In Yourself @ Nexus, International Society for Digital Earth, Haas School T-Group pilot program, Search Inside Yourself, Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley and more.
NextNow Collaboratory, Strawberry Creek Design Center, 1250 Addison Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702
The two addresses are very similar, so be careful to remember which one you’re aiming for.