BAR’s commitment to sustainable design enables the firm to bring additional value to projects by creating environments that are healthier, more enjoyable and have lower operational costs. Our approach to sustainable design strategies is predicated on the notion that sustainability is not a supplemental set of decisions made to achieve the desired points required of the certifying entity. Rather, it includes a discipline based on emotional as well as environmental health. BAR works with each client to thoroughly consider the short and long-term implications of design decisions and their impact on the environment along with the client’s project budget, program, aesthetics and sustainability goals.
We believe that all environments must be healthy for occupants and visitors alike, cost-effective to operate and maintain, and address resource consumption in the planning and selection of materials and construction methodologies. The physical configuration of buildings are just as important as the materials and systems utilized and can significantly affect occupant health and on-going costs of operations and maintenance. Of course, beautiful and sustainable design solutions are meaningless if they cannot be rationally and efficiently built.
Of course, in addition to design, continuing education and managing our own footprint is vital. Thus we continually educate ourselves about sustainable design through participation in the US Green Building Council as well as other similar organizations, conducting in-house sustainability seminars, and by hosting biannual LEED accreditation seminars for staff and clients. One of the first architectural firms certified as a San Francisco/Bay Area Green Business, over 85% of our technical staff are LEED accredited professionals. As a result, all design teams have the knowledge, experience and resources to proactively guide our projects toward sustainable design solutions
BAR has designed Gold and Silver LEED certified projects and are currently working on a number of commissions pursuing LEED Gold and Platinum levels, as well as projects seeking Green Point rating. By utilizing an integrated design approach, a majority of our projects designed over the past several years have met a minimum LEED Silver or equivalent sustainability standard with little or no additional cost impact.
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