Green Development, Inc.
Sota coordinated with all members of the project team, providing their expertise while at the same time establishing an open forum to encourage cooperative discussion…
— Walt Folwer
Sota Construction Services, Inc.'s 7,500 s.f. home office building is a registered LEED NC project, earning a level of Platinum. It is Western Pennsylvania's first LEED Platinum NC project and, at the time of certification, was the greenest building in state of Pennsylvania.
The building combines state-of-the-art structural, mechanical, and electrical systems with a super-efficient thermal envelope using natural building materials (including straw bale and interior walls using clay straw infill) in a unique way to not only provide a thermal mass but also a hygric mass to control humidity in the building.
The Sota Construction Office Building also incorporates a biophillic space to provide a supplemental heat source during the winter months as well as exterior exhaust/fresh air intake for the building's environment.
This work builds on the work of the internationally renowned ARUP's Chris Twinn along with Boston-based Building Science Corporation and Iams Consulting based in Pittsburgh. The goal for this project is to make it a net-zero energy building through low energy, consumption grid-tied roof-mounted photovoltaic, geothermal heat pumps, and radiant heating and cooling.
The Sota Construction Office Building embodies a new view of civilization for the 21st century as expressed by Soichiro Fukutake, president of the Benesse Corporation: 'Use what exists to create what is to be.'
This project won the 2012 Eagle Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western PA.