Blog - Sustainability

Native and Drought-Tolerant Plants for Southwestern Landscapes

Plant cards with information about native and drought-tolerant plants appropriate for southwestern landscapes. Plant cards include images, facts, and growing tips.

Author: D/P/S Landscape Architects & Designers
Type: PDF

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Designing for People: An Introductory Look into the WELL Building Standard

It’s no secret that we are dealing with a national health crisis. By 2030, it is projected that half of all adults – that's 115 million adults – will be obese. And even before that, projections estimate that by 2018, obesity will cost the United States 21 percent of our total healthcare costs. How can design help address these issues?

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Casitas de Colores Wins International Center for Active Design Award

Casitas de Colores receives an "Excellence" award from the Center for Active Design, which celebrates innovative projects worldwide that address health and wellness through design.

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Casitas de Colores: Active Design

Casitas de Colores - a mixed-income, multifamily housing complex - promotes active lifestyles and plays an important part in improving the health and wellness of residents.

Author: Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
Type: PDF

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It's Time for a Climate Change Intervention

How can we reduce the amount of energy used in buildings? Aimee Smith, an intern architect and Team Green member at D/P/S, attended a presentation given by Edward Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030. She shares highlights from Mazria's discussion, from strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to progress already made through sustainable design.

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Mercury Payment Systems Wins Regional Award for Green Office Building

Engineering News Record takes note of LEED Gold workplace design in Durango, Colorado.

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LEED v4: Changes in Sustainable Building

The USGBC is developing new standards for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, and we are sharing up-to-date information about the changes. In this post, take a closer look at "Materials and Resources: Environmental Product Declarations."

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Water + Economic Development

Dale Dekker, a partner of the Rio Grande Water Fund, presents solutions for water conservation and sustainable development in New Mexico and the southwest at large.

Author: Dale R. Dekker, AIA, AICP
Type: PDF

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Don't Rock Your World – Create a Living Landscape

In arid climates, we have rocked our world to save water, but in the process we have started to create a hotter, drier, and unappealing city. To change this, we need to create living landscapes that thrive in desert conditions.

Author: Mimi Burns, Principal / Landscape Architect
Type: PDF

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Daylighting for LEED

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini was an early adopter of the new automated Daylighting for LEED feature. Lighting Analysis for Revit helps improve designs and increase value for clients.

Author: Autodesk Building Solutions with D/P/S
Type: MP4

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