Our philosophy has always been to design energy efficient buildings that extend beyond LEED requirements and ultimately strive for carbon neutrality.
We maximize sustainability through:
All team design charrettes to set sustainability goals, potential LEED credits, challenges and opportunities at the begining of the project
SITE MICROCLIMATE ASSESSMENTS
Evaluate important site parameters such as sun exposure and prevailing wind patterns. Make informed decisions on building orientation to capitalize on opportunities for natural ventilation, daylight harvesting and passive heating/cooling systems.
COMPREHENSIVE SITE PLANNING
Incorporate water efficient landscaping, storm water management, increased permeable surface and efficient site lighting early on into the design process.
HOLISTIC BUILDING DESIGN
Integrate building envelope design with structural, electrical, mechanical, and lighting systems. Integrate solar panels and other sources of renewable energy with building roof and facade systems. With this approach to energy efficiency we have consistantly achieved energy saving goals 20% to 40% above Title 24 energy requirements.
STRIVING FOR OPTIMUM INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Enhance quality of indoor spaces with better acoustics, increased natural light and views to the outdoor. Provide higher degree of user interface for controlling lighting, shading and ventilation systems.
Specify local and renewable materials with high recycled content and low VOC content.
Set up post occupancy evaluation to track utility cost savings, life cycle cost analysis and user satisfaction.
Projects registered with USGBC for LEED Silver Certification:
Pasadena Ice Rink, Pasadena CA
Projects designed for LEED Silver/Gold Certification:
Southern California Edison Savings by Design award for Ice Station Valencia, Valencia CA
Collaborative for High Performance School design for Alliance Charter School, Los Angeles CA
100kW building integrated photovoltaic system installed at Victorville City Hall, Victorville CA