The process for incorporating sustainability into design is rigorous and the stakes can be high, but this is where the rubber meets the road for high-performance, cost-effective outcomes.
One of the prime University goals and challenges for this project was attaining LEED Gold Certification. Transforming the existing concrete frame building with tight floor-to-floor heights and little natural light into an open, daylit, and energy efficient space required multiple design changes.
This LEED Platinum project includes a number of environmental sustainability features like a centralized hot water system powered by solar thermal collectors to reduce energy usage in producing hot water to residents, low-flow plumbing fixtures and efficient landscape irrigation to reduce water usage, and covered parking to reduce heat island effect with shade provided by solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that generate energy bringing the HERS to below 60.
Sterling | Downtown is a 107 unit, affordable, multifamily housing community in Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. Located blocks from the heart of downtown, near a future bus rapid transit station, and several parks, Sterling | Downtown is a community enhanced by walkability, safety and security features, and driven to meet the health and wellness needs of the community’s residents.
The University of New Mexico has opened its third and final phase of the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education, the culmination of over 17 years of strategic planning.
Kayenta Health Center, operated by Indian Health Service (IHS), has been awarded LEED Gold from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
D/P/S's Building Performance Analysis Team explains how to apply sustainable practices early in design to optimize building performance and work towards AIA 2030's net-zero energy goals.