Dutch Valley View LEED Gold

Our latest affordable housing project for Knox Housing Partnership has achieved LEED Gold certification. Dutch Valley View provides six, three bedroom units and includes a protected play area with views shared by all units. The buildings are energy efficient, water efficient and provide all regularly occupied spaces with operable windows and daylight. Energy, lighting, water… Read more »

LEED Platinum

We are pleased to announce that our project with Knox Housing Partnership to create 30 affordable, healthy and energy efficient homes for seniors has achieved LEED Platinum from the US Green Building Council.  This is the highest level of sustainable certification available. This is a project that redefines what affordable housing can provide and achieve.… Read more »

Beardsley Farm Community Shelter

We are currently developing an affordable, sustainable,  multipurpose shelter to serve CAC Beardsley Community Farm. The new shelter will serve as a threshold between the  public entry and the existing farm grounds.  It will provide a daily refuge for the workers and volunteers who tend the farm and facilitate their mission as an urban demonstration… Read more »

Renewable Energy Credits

Our firm recently increased our commitment to clean energy by purchasing 4200 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy credits (RECs), which are generated by renewable energy projects across America, from Renewable Choice Energy. Not only do the RECs offset 100% of the electricity we use, our purchase also has the carbon sequestered equivalent of 75… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 9 of 9

Part 9: Innovation in Design Process Our office earned 4 innovation credits, 2 for exemplary performance of existing LEED credits and 2 for sustainable practices that are not (yet) credited under the LEED rating system. 1: The credit for Furniture and Furnishing Reuse requires a minimum of 30% reuse by value; we were able to… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 8 of 9

Part 8: Daylight and Views “Daylighting reduces the need for electric lighting of building interiors, which, if integrated into the overall approach to lighting, can result in decreased energy use. A well-designed daylit building is estimated to reduce lighting energy use by 50% to 80%. This conserves natural resources and reduces air pollution impacts due… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 7 of 9

Part 7: Air Quality “Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, so the quality of the indoor environment has a significant influence on their well-bring, productivity, and quality of life. The US Environmental Protection Agency reports that pollutant levels of indoor environments may run 2 to 5 times- and occasionally more than… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 6 of 9

Part 6: Materials “(Materials and Resources) credits focus on two main issues: the environmental impact of materials brought into the project building, and the minimization of landfill and incinerator disposal for materials that leave the project building.” This includes “selecting sustainable materials, practicing waste reduction, reducing waste at its source, reusing and recycling.” -US Green… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 5 of 9

Part 5: Green Power “Green electricity products reduce the air pollution impacts of electricity generation by relying on renewable energy sources such as solar, water, wind, biomass and geothermal sources. Although green electricity is not entirely benign, it significantly lessens the negative environmental impacts of power generation. Using renewable energy generated either on-site or off-site… Read more »