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Sustainable Design

Sustainable, High-performance Building Design

Key Components of StudioJAED’s Sustainable Building Design

Site Selection, Site Planning, and Landscape Design

  • Develop the site in an environmentally sensitive manner
  • Maximize existing natural site conditions
  • Design site for easy pedestrian, bicycle, and mass transit access
  • Minimize hardscape
  • Minimize heat island effects
  • Minimize light pollution

Natural Lighting – Daylighting

  • Maximize natural interior lighting and views as much as possible
  • Orient buildings to maximize southern exposure and minimize east-west walls
  • Utilize lighting controls to minimize energy costs

Energy Efficient Building Shell

  • Design the building shell to address radiant energy and conductive heat gains and losses
  • Select glazing to optimize energy efficiency
  • Provide window treatments to maximize winter solar gain and minimize summer solar gain

Renewable Energy

  • Consider various renewable energy alternatives to reduce grid energy costs

Energy Efficient Lighting and Electrical Systems

  • Employ lighting systems with energy efficient fixtures that are compatible with the chosen daylighting strategy
  • Use occupancy sensors as much as possible
  • Use EnergyStar rated equipment and high efficiency transformers
  • Utilize building-wide controls of lighting, mechanical, and electrical systems with an energy management system

Energy Efficient HVAC & R Systems

  • Employ energy efficient HVAC & R systems
  • Employ energy recovery systems
  • Allow for individual occupant control of systems wherever possible

Environmentally Sensitive Products and Systems

  • Specify products made of recycled materials
  • Specify locally harvested and manufactured materials
  • Control waste diverted to landfills
  • Reuse materials wherever possible
  • Use materials with low ozone depletion potential and low greenhouse effects
  • Specify rapidly renewal materials whenever possible

Indoor Air Quality

  • Use low or no VOC containing materials
  • Incorporate ASHRAE standards and better them when possible
  • Use natural ventilation where possible
  • During construction, employ various strategies to insure adequate indoor air quality
  • Monitor air quality during construction and after occupancy
  • Flush building with fresh air prior to occupancy

Water Conservation

  • Utilize low flow and water conserving fixtures
  • Irrigate as little as possible
  • Consider greywater reuse for irrigation and/or waste transport
  • Require contractors to recycle waste materials during construction
  • Provide recycling stations for occupants
  • Utilize pre- and post-consumer recycled materials whenever possible


  • Use alternative fuel and electric vehicles when possible
  • Discourage single occupancy vehicle use by providing incentives for mass transit use, bicycle use, and car/van pool use


  • Develop and implement an effective commissioning process that includes commissioning of at least the lighting controls, HVAC & R systems, domestic hot water, and renewable energy systems
  • Encourage enhanced building-wide commissioning