Sustainable building practices reduce the significant impact building construction and maintenance have on both people and nature. As advocates for environmental responsibility in design and construction, we create facilities that are sympathetic to the environment and harmonized with their sites, incorporating environmentally friendly materials and systems at every opportunity. With many LEED® Accredited Professionals, Certified Energy Managers, Certified Measurement and Verification Professionals, Professional Engineers, Architects, and PassiveHouse trained individuals on our team, we leveraged their expertise and created an approach to sustainability based on these key principles:
We maximize energy management and streamline building maintenance, and pride ourselves on designing to the latest energy-efficient standards. This includes minimizing the use of non-renewable energy resources to reduce environmental impacts and encouraging the use of renewable energy sources with low impact on the environment. Various methods for lowering energy consumption can be considered, including high-performance glazing, insulation materials, air barriers, optimized use of daylight, and selection of efficient lighting fixtures and controls. An energy-efficient building can reduce operating costs, offset rising energy costs, and optimize life-cycle economic performance.
The healthy spaces that result from sustainable design increase employee satisfaction, comfort, and productivity, while reducing staff absenteeism and turnover. By maximizing the use of daylight to save energy, we also create open environments that comfort and relax staff. As well, building systems and controls can be selected to maximize occupant comfort and provide people with greater control over their spaces.
We analyze building sites to optimize the potential for environmental design and minimize the impact of a building upon the surrounding area. Even the most efficient facilities can be damaging if they are not properly suited to their environments. Access to a water supply and stormwater management is considered, as well as access to utilities and energy resources (including renewable sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal). Going beyond the immediate environment, site selection can include the availability of public transport to reduce the need for automobiles, along with the preservation and protection of natural features and indigenous species.
Water conservation focuses on reducing the amount of water used for landscaping and building operations. The emphasis is on reducing infrastructure for the supply of potable water and removal of wastewater by deploying onsite rainwater-harvesting systems and waste-water technologies. Undrinkable water can be collected and used for landscape irrigation, toilet flushing, and other building systems.
Material selection for sustainable buildings requires careful attention to where building products come from and the impact of construction waste on the environment. For renovation and expansion projects, we seek to reuse materials from the original building whenever possible and appropriate and provide strategies to manage construction waste.