A sustainable design starts long before the ground is broken. Our continued collaboration with trade partners that have similar environmental and economical values lets us take a “Total Systems Design Approach” to each project. We incorporate sustainable design into many aspects of a project. Construction details have a big impact in the efficiency of a building. For example; strategic waterproofing and wall assemblies will ensure that the building will continue to function over time. Planning the mechanical and electrical systems in specific ways will also guarantee that the building is working effectively for the environment but also the inhabitants. Understanding the site and land and the environment in which the building is or will be placed is another way we approach design and construction sustainably. We try to take advantage of natural lighting and ventilation when designing and we make the effort to minimize carbon footprint by using local partners and vendors when possible.