Green Building

Green Solutions

Energy economy is our priority. We strive to construct environmentally conscious buildings without compromising on construction quality. Our architects focus on reducing the energy demand of buildings by embracing better insulating measures, low energy lighting, and application of resource-efficient processes to design green buildings.

LEED Accreditation


LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, provides a model that covers the significant issues associated with green building. The U.S. Green Building Council developed the LEED rating system to evaluate the sustainability of buildings, creating a unified model for developers and engineers. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, creating innovative buildings that are resource efficient and sustainable, reducing environmental stress. The buildings are designed to use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) provides a framework for building a sustainable green building, enhancing the experiences of both occupants and visitors.

Passive Design Strategies for Energy Efficient Buildings


An ideal passive design is about achieving a building that does not require the services of mechanical appliances like heating or cooling systems and associated fossil fuel consumption, relying instead on renewables for energy. By following passive design’s principles, it can take building a long way in reducing energy consumption and reducing the ecological footprint of the building. A building site’s wind, terrain, vegetation, solar, and other environmental factors lead to the most effective passive designs.

Recycling Construction Materials


Discarded construction materials from a demolished or previously constructed building are often valuable commodities that can be recycled or reused. Using recycled aluminum, wood, and glass products should be considered. Enormous amounts of energy, time, and money can be saved by recycling and reusing concrete and asphalt.

Insulation


More projects are beginning to employ newly developed insulations to achieve better thermal protection and energy efficiency from longer-lasting, environmentally friendly building materials such as insulation made from soy, which provide significant benefits and contributes to green building performance. Careful choice of insulation ensures achievement of desired thermal resistance to reduce heat transfer through roofs, walls, and slabs, making it a priority to choose the most effective R-value per inch.

Lighting


Sunlight is the cheapest method of lighting your building, using no electricity, and reducing carbon emissions. The intensity of daylight is often more than ten times the typical lux values required for indoor lighting, so access to a relatively small amount of daylight can light a large space if an appropriate distribution and diffusion system is in place.

From the perspective of health, productivity, and sustainability, the space inside a building must have access to natural light as the primary source of daytime illumination to maximize energy savings while reducing peak energy demands. Sunlight also has a positive impact on the mental and physical well-being of occupants, helping to regulate sleep cycles and increase focus. Windows can make the most of the available light, even on cloudy days, when a building is designed and planned with natural light in mind. These designs can minimize harsh lighting in the mornings and afternoons.

Smart windows can also be installed to tint automatically based on the light available, further lowering energy costs by reducing the amount of energy needed to cool the space. Lighting accounts for around 22–40% of energy consumption on commercial campuses.

By replacing traditional incandescent lighting with efficient CFL or LED lighting, we can reduce electricity consumption and reap the benefits of much longer product life.

These lighting technologies last longer and use less energy than the incandescent bulbs that previously dominated the market. Several new lighting technologies, including halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LEDs, are currently responsible for providing energy savings of up to 75 percent compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.

Green Roofs


Several new technologies have emerged to help make the part of the building most exposed to sunlight and the elements as green as possible. Cool rooftops, coated in specialized reflective paint or constructed with reflective tiles or shingles, can keep rooftop surfaces up to 50 degrees cooler in the sun. These coverings protect the roof from UV, chemical, and water damage and reduce energy bills by putting less strain on air-conditioning systems and HVAC equipment. It also improves indoor comfort for spaces that are not air-conditioned, such as garages or covered patios.

Garden rooftops are another alternative, covered with live vegetation for better thermal performance of the roof and helping to improve the surrounding air quality. Garden roofs facilitate the use of rainwater for rooftop vegetation, enhancing the insulation properties of the roof and keeping the building cooler.

Rainwater Collection


Irrigation and plumbing store rainwater which is free of salts and acids and the purity and softness of collected water help prevent scale on piping and appliances. Harvesting rainwater for reuse is inexpensive and not only brings down water costs but eases the stress on public water sources. Water tanks are used to collect rain and groundwater, sustainably maintaining the integrity of building infrastructure and, in some states, even providing tax benefits for campuses equipped with water collection systems.

Renewable Energy


When renewable technologies are applied appropriately, 100 percent of needed energy can come from wind, water, and solar power. Solar collection can be used for generating electricity, but also for heating and lighting. Solar power is stored in specialized batteries and is complementary to wind energy, which tends to reach its highest production at night. Installing renewable energy solutions also adds value to the building, and most systems pay for themselves within a few years of installation.

The LEED certification program sets out to achieve sustainable construction within their guidelines to create environments dedicated to energy efficiency and comfort. Passive design principles, environmental technologies, and material recycling promise to bring down costs in all aspects of construction and maintenance while lowering utility costs into the future. Buildings designed for energy efficiency promise to utilize the latest technology.