Through various facility assessment contracts with the federal government, we determined that there is no cost-effective substitute for designing a building to be energy efficient from the beginning.
Our clients understand that it costs more to operate a building than it does to build one. For that reason, we are very focused on “resource efficient” design. We have been designing energy efficient buildings for years. We pioneered the use of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) in multi-story buildings in Texas and our buildings were toured by many school districts using ICF today.
Other resources that we work to conserve in our designs are water and human. We are investigating water conservation methodologies that go beyond low-flow toilets and drought-tolerant plants. Humans are perhaps the most expensive and most valuable resource in most businesses, but that resource is wasted through inefficient layouts that waste employee time and fail to incorporate higher productivity design solutions.