We’re glad you asked! High performance building and environmental sustainability have always been important to us as architects. And now, low-impact environmental solutions are becoming a mainstream consideration in all areas of life, but particularly the design + build industry. In fact, we are happy to report that is has become unusual if a new client is not requesting smart, sustainable design/build solutions.
WERK team members are versed in many aspects of sustainability. To that end, we continue to seek new information and learn from/document our case studies in the field. In our business model, the Architect leads the design process from beginning-to-end in collaboration with the Client. That initial visioning process includes a review of goals and opportunities related to all aspects of the project. Importantly, it includes high-performance, environmental sustainability, and overall resiliency concepts.
As we identify priorities and these design concepts advance forward, the Architect continues to develop passive and active strategies. The Architect does this work in collaboration with Client, Consultants and Trade Partners (via WERK) to a level of detail ready for construction. Check-out some of the Architect’s background on high-performance building here. WERK assists the process with trade contractor coordination + real world budgeting. This collaborative effort coincides with the Architect’s current design to help keep the project on track from a budgeting and scheduling standpoint.