Hilliard Bruce Winery has been awarded LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council - the very first in Santa Barbara County.
Embracing sustainability in the vineyard has translated to every aspect of the winery's purposeful design. Among the many features at the gravity-flow winery is a subterranean naturally humidified cellar with ambient temperature-controlled aging rooms, solar power, no-maintenance core-ten steel siding, creative LED lighting, as well as 40ft solar tubes that bring natural sunlight into the cellar. Views of the Sta. Rita Hills through 120-foot-wide by 2.5-story-tall glass windows can be seen from virtually every corner inside the building - a perfect reminder of the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds us. Designed by local architect Vladimir Milosevic.
What is LEED? LEED is a rating system that measures how green a building is. All around the world, LEED is the highest standard for green buildings; offices, hospitals, schools, stores and homes. It is the most difficult green building certification to achieve and signifies that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. All aspects of the construction undergo rigorous inspection to uphold the high standards that LEED certification demands.