We can help you achieve a net-positive regenerative building, so you don’t have to choose between environmental stewardship and saving money. We start the program by selecting a state-of-the-art building envelope and façade. It’s best when the building materials are regional materials, aesthetically pleasing, and high performing. By using regional materials, we reduce the environmental impacts resulting from transportation. LEED defines regional materials in the Materials & Resources (MR) Credit 5 as “building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% or 20%, based on cost, of the total materials value.”
Integrating renewable energy, passive (natural ventilation) cooling, and passive (solar) heating oftentimes leads to considerable energy savings. Innovative architectural design elements allow your building to use smaller mechanical systems. Shading, from natural landscaping or building elements, like awnings, overhangs, and trellises helps lessen the energy required to cool your building. Incorporating skylights for daylighting can help save on your electricity bill. Adding cistern water collection helps save on your water bill.
The California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) sets the minimum requirements for sustainable practices for residential and commercial construction projects, and the California Energy Code (Title 24) sets minimum standards for the energy performance of buildings. LEED certification is more restrictive and is the most widely used green building rating system worldwide, that allows building owners to reduce wasteful and unnecessary energy and water consumption.
Commissioning and conducting energy audits on a newly constructed or existing building help assess repairs and upgrades. These upgrades can improve materials, mechanical equipment, electrical lighting and outlets, plumbing fixtures, and controls, such as BAS (Building Management Systems), EMS (Energy Management Systems), AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure), and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems.