Clean & Renewable Energy Technology
Conceptual Architectural Renderings
Construction / Permit Plans (stamp drawings)
Construction Management / Administration / Inspection
Design-Build Project Delivery System
Performance-Based Contracting (PBC)
Regenerative / Sustainable Building Design
Green Roof (GR) Design
Solar-Integrated GR (GRIPV) Design
Smart-Blue-Green-Solar Roof Design
HOW WE DO IT
As the A/E, contractually we are the general prime contractor, and the construction contractor that does the installation is the sub. Our PBC approach is used and focuses on developing strategic performance metrics and directly relating contracting payment to performance against these metrics. Common metrics include availability, reliability, maintainability, supportability, and total cost of ownership. This highlights the effort on providing and ensuring future savings. We use computer-aided engineering software (AutoCAD, Revit, SolidWorks, or Inventor), technical writing, and advanced research methods (statistics). We offer green building alternatives to meet the needs of the customers, and work with contractors to offer the customer a complete project with which they are excited. We work with all stakeholders, including builders, manufacturers, developers, owners, architects, and other design professionals, to make the owner’s vision a reality.
WHY WE DO IT
We can suggest innovative renewable energy ideas fostered by the PBC model. We are looking to incorporate green roofs and solar energy into our design projects whenever possible. The addition of solar panels to a green roof is an excellent idea, as the two function in symbiosis. Biosolar roofs allow us to increase the use and efficiency of renewable energy, and are part of our mission to create a more beautiful and healthier community. As early adopters, you can be proud to have a roof with aesthetic appeal, increased biodiversity, less stormwater runoff, and urban food production.
We believe in demonstrating exceptional capabilities with our quality of work and skills. This starts with building rapport and likability, and communicating effectively and quickly with our clients throughout our engagement. We understand our worth, and the money we make directly relates to the value we offer. Once you’re clear on the value we can offer, we can start negotiating a project fee. We provide free quotes and understand that if you choose to hire us, we need a basis of agreement before we negotiate the deliverables, deadline, and price. Once an offer is accepted, the parties have a services agreement. This is the basis for a contract, but is not sufficient to create legal obligations. The firm we provide services for may supply the contract, especially if they are a larger firm, or we can provide our own. After we both agree on the inclusions, exclusions, and terms and conditions, the contract can be signed.
From a pure numbers perspective, say we bill out at $125 per hour. This is half what larger firms charge, say $250 per hour. We are open to lump sum fee percentage payment terms, which can benefit both parties and mitigate risk. We don’t require a deposit or a retainer (a deposit that doesn’t have to be paid back from future payments). We operate like larger firms and get paid when accounting departments issue checks bi-weekly or monthly. We have flexible payment terms, especially if it’s critical to have the funds for materials, labor, payroll, or you feel it’s too risky, particularly if this is the start of our working relationship.