Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery

Location: UC Davis, Davis, CA

Project Team

Builder: Pankow Builders
Architect: Siegel & Strain Architects
Structural Engineer: Ingraham/DeJesse Associates
Mechanical /Electrical/Plumbing Engineer and Energy modeling: Guttmann & Blavoet
Civil and Landscape: Cummingham Engineering
Geotechnical: Treadwell and Rollo
Quality Assurance Manager of Commissioned Systems: Environmental Building Strategies

Key Suppliers:

  • CarbonCure Technologies
  • Central Concrete, A U.S. Concrete Company
  • Prefab Metal Structure: BD Compton


  • The Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building is expected to be the first building at any university to be certified Net Zero Energy under the Living Building Challenge and only the second such building in California.
  • The project reduces carbon through its use of concrete. A wall of 2,500 specially manufactured concrete masonry units (CMUs) was Basalite’s first installation of Carbon Cure blocks, which permanently sequester carbon dioxide and maintains a consistent temperature free of fluctuations.
  • The concrete used in the project was the first use of Central Concrete’s low-CO2 90% replacement cement mix, which contributed to enabling the lowest-carbon CMU wall built to-date.
  • The Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building (JSWB) was one of the first commercial buildings to use a blower door test to validate the low air infiltration rate of 1950 cubic feet per minute at 50 Pascals and showed that the building is as tight as a passive house.
  • The building is a net-zero energy building that uses no active heating and cooling equipment.
  • The building path to net-zero energy consisted of the following steps:
    • Reduce the internal loads as much as possible
    • Use passive cooling techniques
    • Generate electricity from a roof-mounted PV system to account for the remaining energy usage, at a minimum.

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