Klein McCarthy Architects believes in integrating sustainable design initiatives into every project. Our design philosophy is to first explore every energy saving and sustainable option that has no cost impact as part of our typical design process. LEED certification and the incorporation of critical building elements are sensitive issues that need to be established early in the design criteria. Our firm has experience with projects involving LEED certification as well as many that did not pursue this certification but incorporated various sustainable features. We explore the following sustainable design initiatives on every project as part of our 'best practices'.
Klein McCarthy Green Building Initiatives:
ON SITE STORM WATER MANAGEMENT
- Manage storm water impact of site and structures in a manner that lessens the impact on the existing storm water system.
LIGHT POLLUTION MANAGEMENT
- Select exterior light fixtures that produce appropriate light levels without contributing to light pollution. Where possible meet LEED and 'Green Globes' criteria for light pollution reduction.
LOW MAINTENANCE & INDIGENOUS LANDSCAPING
- Select and encourage use of plant materials and landscape elements that require less maintenance and limited irrigation. Where possible use local plant species.
INNOVATIVE WASTEWATER TECHNOLOGIES
- Handle wastewater in a manner that lessens the impact of the facility on the municipal sanitary sewer system.
WATER USE REDUCTION
- Select fixtures and promote operational procedures that reduce the overall water use load of the facility.
ENERGY & SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS
- Set and ensure the facility Mechanical and Electrical systems ultimately meet benchmarks for efficient performance.
CONTROLLABILITY AND MONITORING OF SYSTEMS
- Ensure systems are specified for maximum control by facility management.
STORAGE & COLLECTION OF RECYCLABLES
- Provide a location and work with facility to develop a procedure for the collection and storage of recyclables where possible.
EXISTING BUILDING STRUCTURE REUSE
- Where possible reuse elements of existing structure to minimize labor and materials needed to produce new facility.
CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT
- Produce a plan for recycle and /or reuse of construction waste.
REGIONAL MATERIALS UTILIZATION
- Where possible specify materials locally produced to promote the local economy and reduce shipping cost and environmental impact.
LOW EMITTING MATERIALS SELECTION
- Where possible specify materials with Low or No VOC emissions to promote a healthy air quality environment.
DAYLIGHT CAPTURE & MAXIMIZATION
- Where possible capture and use daylight to reduce reliance on artificially produced heat and light to increase energy efficiency.