With our passion for green architecture, we can help you create a net-positive regenerative building, so you don’t have to choose between environmental stewardship and saving money.
During the program, a state-of-the-art building envelope and façade are selected. The building materials should be aesthetically pleasing, high performing, and locally sourced. Innovative architectural design elements allow your building to use smaller mechanical systems.
By including passive cooling (ventilation as a natural cooling strategy) or passive heating (passive solar design for solar heat gain), renewable energy, living walls, green roofs, and rooftop farms (to source food locally), you can increase living space and reduce noise. We suggest ways shading can be provided by natural landscaping or building elements like awnings, overhangs, and trellises; incorporating skylights for daylighting; and adding cistern water collection.
CALGreen (California Green Building Standards Code) sets minimum requirements for sustainable practices for residential and commercial construction projects throughout the state, and Title 24 (California Energy Code) sets minimum standards for the energy performance of buildings. LEED certification is more restrictive and is the most widely used rating system for green buildings worldwide. It is the benchmark for building owners who want to reduce wasteful and unnecessary energy and water consumption. Sustainability in the built environment focuses on Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Operations and Maintenance (O+M) rating systems.
Commissioning and conducting energy audits on a newly constructed or existing building helps assess repairs and upgrades to improve building materials, mechanical equipment, electrical lighting and outlets, plumbing fixtures, and controls; BMS or BAS (Building Management or Automation Systems), EMS (Energy Management Systems), AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure), and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition).