SMP design will always look for sustainable opportunities for your project – that’s just good design practice, especially if there is minimal or no impact on your budget. Today, many of these “greener” opportunities are cost competitive solutions with better technology and make sense to implement anyway. Sustainability is measured by the consumption of less resources to build and the usage of less energy to run your building. It includes, looking to nature to perform the work of machines through passive heating and cooling and the maximizing of natural daylighting. Success is measured in durable long-life structures that tread lightly on the site for good land stewardship. While the sustainability is associated with “doing no harm” to the environment, it is often a path to more efficiency and lower operational costs of a building. These operational or life-cycle cost benefits include;
- Usage of less energy, water and natural resources.
- Creation of less waste during construction and operation.
- Reduction of resource and energy consumption with reduction of operational costs.
- Creation of a healthier indoor environment, with better air quality and thermal comfort.
- Use of materials that will not harm you or the environment.
- Incorporation of spaces that maximize natural lighting and less reliance on electricity.
- Compliance with more demanding building and energy codes.
- Enhancement of resale value and marketability.
Third-party certification through LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes and Commercial Buildings is the benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. There are several economic incentives offered by federal, state and local governments, including tax credits. With LEED Accredited Professionals and extensive sustainable project delivery experience, SMP design can also take sustainability to the next level for your project LEED certification. SMP design and SMP construction recently completed the design-build of a contemporary home in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati that was certified as LEED Gold.