Getting to Net Zero

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Often when a museum adds an addition or undergoes renovations, the result can end up as a larger, less energy efficient conglomerate than before. But with its new building, San Francisco’s Exploratorium is going even greener, making it the country’s largest net-zero museum. In its move to Piers 15 and 17 along the Embarcadero, the building itself will serve as an interactive exhibit, showing off its Bay water heating and cooling system, rainwater collection, and 1.3 megawatt solar system. In the spirit of the museum’s mission to create exploratory, interactive experiences, its redesign educates visitors on green, efficient design.