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:
Manage storm water impact of site and structures in a manner that lessens the impact on the existing storm water system.
Select and encourage use of plant materials and landscape elements that require less maintenance and limited irrigation. Where possible use local plant species.
Select fixtures and promote operational procedures that reduce the overall water use load of the facility.
Ensure systems are specified for maximum control by facility management.
Where possible reuse elements of existing structure to minimize labor and materials needed to produce new facility.
Where possible specify materials locally produced to promote the local economy and reduce shipping cost and environmental impact.
Where possible capture and use daylight to reduce reliance on artificially produced heat and light to increase energy efficiency.
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.
Handle wastewater in a manner that lessens the impact of the facility on the municipal sanitary sewer system.
Set and ensure the facility Mechanical and Electrical systems ultimately meet benchmarks for efficient performance.
Provide a location and work with facility to develop a procedure for the collection and storage of recyclables where possible.
Produce a plan for recycle and /or reuse of construction waste.
Where possible specify materials with Low or
No VOC emissions to promote a healthy air