Sustainability
Windmill

We provide common-sense sustainable design.  This means adapting the level of sustainability to the project and its unique requirements.  Sometimes sustainability is the over-riding factor and drives the design.  Sometimes, the building program limits the extent to which sustainable design can be implemented.  And while we will not allow the function of the building or the safety of the users to be compromised, we will always incorporate sustainable principles as much as possible.  We are familiar with the U.S. Green Building Council's green building certification system (LEED), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and national standards, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards. 

 

 

Sustainable design principles include:

  • wetland preservation
  • renewable water resource
  • watershed restoration
  • preservation/adaptive reuse of cultural and natural resources
  • storm water management
  • energy conservation and management
  • reestablishment of woodlands
  • specification of environmentally friendly materials and processes
  • waste reduction and prevention
  • facility maintenance and operations
  • efficient modular, and ergonomic work areas
  • flexible meeting and congregation spaces
  • high-performance energy-saving cooling, heating, and ventilation systems
  • humidity control
  • functional quality lighting utilizing day-lighting and task lighting
  • state-of-the art information technology & communications connections


Our services include:

  • Energy Modeling
  • Energy Conservation
  • Water Use Reduction
  • Renewable and Sustainable Materials
  • Waste Reduction and Management
  • Day Lighting
  • Stormwater Management
  • HVAC Commissioning
  • Air Quality
  • Building Envelope Analysis


Our commonly implemented standards include:

  • USGBC LEED
  • EPA Energy Protection Agency
  • EnergyStar
  • ASHRAE
  • ACEEE
  • DOE Building Energy Codes Program
  • Sustainable Building Industry Council
  • DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (ECEE)
  • EIA Commercial Building Energy Consumption (CBEC)
  • IES&A Lighting Handbook

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