WE CREATE BUILDINGS THAT ENABLE TRANSFORMATION.
Want to become more healthy, lean and resilient? Use the power of design thinking.
Most people don’t realize the power of design of the everyday things around us. Everything has been designed. But how is your building been designed? Do you have a strategy? We help organizations leverage their investment in better buildings so that they can achieve better profits and better resiliency.
Design to Optimize Health and Wellbeing
The built environment that we occupy over 90% of the time has not been designed to optimize our health and well-being. We are suffering from the effects of being in this polluting environment. Unknowingly, we are contributing to indoor air pollution.
It’s time to leverage the power of high-performance building design. No more mixed air ventilation systems! When you upgrade your walls, windows and roof to can delivery heating and cooling that is needed using the power of fresh air ventilation. That means that you are breathing fresh air all year round!
Design to Optimize Resiliency
Energy costs are going up, and severe weather events are escalating in frequency and severity. Most buildings are designed using a 20-year average of past weather, but our buildings are designed using future projected climate.
It is easy to implement strategies to make your building more resilient to fire, heat waves, flooding and cold snaps if you address them during the design process. We leverage evidence-based design strategies that are cost-effective and transformative.
High-performance building design enables passive survivability, increasing the amount of time that you can occupy your building during extreme weather events, including blackouts.
Design to Align with the Paris Agreement
Carbon emissions continue to increase despite government promises. A market driver such as carbon pricing will be implemented universally. Costs to heat and cool a conventional building will escalate. High-performance building design will enable you to hedge your bets—by moving your investment into longlasting building components such as better wall, windows and roof you are futureproofing yourself.
Let’s use financial risk management for a couple of different possible future scenarios. The additional costs to go beyond code requirements into the realm of high performance is often seen as something that is “nice to have” instead of a “necessity”. This has...
You probably have a team of people that work on procurement of everything from the subcontractors to the kitchen sink, but do the same people that procure services for everything else hire your architects? Hiring an architect is a speciality service that deserves a...
There is no doubt. Buildings are to blame. We are going to miss our climate targets because of our crappy buildings.For decades we all got away with spending very little capital on buildings that just met the building code requirements. Actually, let's face it,...
Experts are starting to realize that Covid-19 will be with us for the long term. How do we rethink office space design so that it is more like being in the outdoors? How can we design offices in order to decrease the rate of spread of disease? What is best practice...
What is a Living Building? The Living Building Challenge was started by the Cascadia Green Building Council and has become a separate certification in its own right, based on a system of Petals.Living Building Certified used to be nearly impossible to achieve, but...
Let's get the bad news over with first. Your building is definitely not performing at its potential.Unless you have recently done all three of these steps it is not performing at its potential. To reach its potential performance for no-cost or low-cost levels of...
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