A misconception that ‘green’ buildings cost more than their less sustainable counterparts contributes to skepticism. Our job is to educate our clients on the initial investment, as well as the life-cycle costs, of their options. In many cases, clients are surprised by the relatively quick payback period, and even more motivated by the long term savings, associated with energy efficient building features. We provide clients with the information and expertise needed to create a design that fits their sustainability goals.
SOA has three basic approaches to sustainable design, that usually proceed in the following order:
With four LEED Accredited Professionals and 30 years in business, SOA brings a breadth of experience developing designs with both economic and environmental benefits. To us, ‘good’ design, not just ‘green’ design, should contribute creative and down-to-earth solutions from a project's inception.
We believe it is the architects duty to provide clients with the data they need to make informed decisions. Many critical decisions affecting a buildings energy and water efficiency are made from the Pre-Design phase through Design Development, when different heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and plumbing systems are selected. SOA works with engineering consultants to provide the client with a range of options, including their costs and benefits, for any given decision.
Buildings can serve as a powerful tool for educating the public on environmental solutions. SOA believes buildings that employ sustainable practices should be recognized, be that through educational signage, tours, media attention, or local awards. And for clients that desire it, SOA has successfully navigated the LEED Certification and Energy Star Rating systems.