greenVision is the brand of a new 'cyber-firm' of independent architects and engineers working together on green projects by way of paperless computer-enabled design over the internet. We believe that it is our professional responsibility and obligation to strive to achieve the highest practical degree of building ‘sustainability’ on every project. We define true 'sustainability' as being the ultimate goal of a building designed and constructed to consume no fossil-fuels or other depletable natural resources, contribute no waste into landfills, and allow no pollution or greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. While complete sustainability is a lofty and expensive goal with today’s emerging technologies, there are many principals and techniques that are well within reach, simply based on appropriate design awareness and knowledge, making intelligent choices in materials and equipment, and managing construction waste. The following is a very brief Q&A overview of our approach to sustainable building and renovation design.
What are the main principals of a green design philosophy?
Why is green design so important to our environment?
How do you translate green design goals into design solutions?
USGBC United States Green Building Council
LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Silver, Gold, and Platinum Performance Ratings
BEES Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability
What are the areas of focus in green design?
What are the financial advantages of green design?
Increasing daylighting to interior spaces
Installing efficient weather insulating components
Installing water saving plumbing fixtures
Replacing outdated and inefficient mechanical systems
Integrated design and synergy among all systems
How are these financial advantages calculated?
Simple payback: additional initial cost ÷ annual savings = payback time
Net Present Value: factors in future increases + inflation + useful life + interest on capital
Internal Rate of Return: compare investment comparisons in marketplace