Sustainable Design

HomeSustainability 27-1-2021

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Environmentally Conscious Building Design

We balance social, environmental, and economic goals focusing on projects' minimal impact on its surrounding environment and its energy. As members of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), we optimize site potential, building space, and material use to include energy-efficient lighting and appliances, efficient heating, cooling, ventilation, and water-saving plumbing fixtures. Strategically placed windows maximize natural light, equally integrated, and balanced to achieve a genuinely sustainable solution. The integrity of the buildings' surroundings and infrastructure is the most valuable part of our design. Our goal is to improve human health and well-being by conserving valuable resources such as water and energy. Preserving green infrastructures includes increasing stormwater infiltration techniques and management strategies that reduce runoff and retention ponds, slowly releasing water back into the earth, reducing buildings' negative environmental impact, and improving performance. Our approach combines innovative design solutions with low cost-efficient methods designed to build and enhance a better tomorrow.

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Landmark Medical - ARC Architect
Hillcrest Storm Chamber

Green
Infrastructures

Freshwater is our most precious natural resource. Rainwater harvesting and infiltration systems increase the efficiency of our water supply system. Permeable pavement is the range of sustainable material and technique that allows water to drip through it into the soil, causing minimum or no long-term damage by reducing water pollution and effectively managing local water bodies' water quality. Permeable pavement catches precipitation and surface runoff, storing it in the reservoir while slowly allowing it to infiltrate back into the earth's surface.

ARC Architect - BremenHS-2

Low Energy
Buildings

As energy saving-minded architects, we use materials in a resourceful manner to design and construct passive buildings that reduce the need for artificial lighting. With an increased focus on intelligent building design and constant technological advances in glass, we integrate large glazed surfaces providing a balance of energy through the building envelope and sufficient daylight to reduce artificial lighting needs. We believe in working and living environments that increase well-being, productivity, and contribute to a sustainable future. Clean air system ceiling fans reduce energy by creating air movement that expands the space's acceptable comfort range, improving heating and cooling systems' efficiency. High yields of building energy improve when used in combination with existing HVAC systems.

ARC Architect - BremenHS-2
Centennial Park - ARC Architect

Environmentally
Conscious

Our climate has changed, and we want to change it back. A critical part of this endeavor is to reduce our plastic footprint. Plastic bottles can take hundreds of years to decompose resulting in harmful effects on the environment. Bottles do not biodegrade but rather photodegrade, leaking pollutants into our soil water. Our goal is to cut carbon emissions to reduce waste and create a more sustainable environment. A design shift can minimize the number of water bottles we use by incorporating hydration stations into our facilities. The introduction of these stations into schools promote healthier habits by giving students an accessible and eco-friendly way to stay hydrated.