A3C is a multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, and design (AED) located at 210 East Huron Street in Ann Arbor. When the time came to renovate their offices, A3C, decided it should be a sustainable design. This would provide educational benefits for their clients, their staff, and the community. Furthermore, A3C viewed the project as an extension of their core values of collaboration, quality, and environmental stewardship.

Sustainable elements incorporated into the design include rainwater collection, geothermal system, a green roof, solar power, and energy efficient lighting. A3C selected Huron Valley Electric for installation of the solar energy systems.

The 4kW solar energy system consists of photovoltaic arrays that utilize three different technologies. Most importantly, the solar power is tracked to assess and compare the performance and relative merits of each type of technology. Besides that, the system utilizes on online monitoring “dashboard” that publicly displays its performance to promote awareness and education.

The Huron Street project is the first winner of the Ann Arbor Energy Challenge Award and is certified LEED-CI Gold.