Sustainable design is seamlessly integrated into our process. To us, sustainability is no longer an add-on or optional, but instead a background system like plumbing or electrical. Our designers and engineers demand holistic environmental sustainability from the embodied energy of materials to lifetime energy performance.
Less is only more where more is no good.
--Frank Lloyd Wright
Sustainable best practices start in the design studio, in the field, and over time. Those practices include:
Materials are what is used during construction. Products are used after construction. It the materials are not permanent (100+ year life span) and maintenance-free, we don't use it.
Our commitment to post-construction maintenance supports our sustainability cause. We choose products, such as nano technology, that while may come with a higher up-front price tag but will essentially reduce the maintenance of the building by 75-90% over a five-year period.
Sure, we work with vendors that share our sustainable practices, but also by choosing to limit our palate options, we sub-contract fewer vendors. The result is that we develop intimate relationships with our vendors and over time, our vendors learn to embrace our sustainability model and often perpetuate our best practices to their other customers.
Getting materials from point A to point B costs money requires fossil fuels for transportation. Efficient project management is frequently not perceived as a sustainable best practice. Just one of our approaches to effective project management is to deliver full truckloads of materials to a job site and to insure that every square inch of those materials are used.