Sustainable Planning and Design Approach
PBA has always practiced environmentally responsible planning and design. As designers of the built environment, we strive to provide solutions that are at once efficient in use of resources, appropriate for the given site, and effective in addressing the needs of constituents. Our methods include:
- Prioritizing the reduction of energy consumption, the reduction greenhouse gas emissions, and the diversion of waste from landfills
- Siting buildings compactly to conserve open space and encourage socialization
- Creating walkable and safe environments to help reduce car trips
- Preserving the natural landscape as much as possible and making use of natural storm water drainage to reduce infrastructure impact
- Shaping new buildings to minimize solar heat gain and maximize natural daylight, and to provide exterior views for all occupants
- Specifying building products with recycled content that are manufactured with sustainable fabrication practices and low volatile organic compounds to create healthy building environments
- Choosing quality materials that are durable and can stand the test of time
Some of these items cost no more than traditional options; yet in many cases provide dramatic operational cost savings in terms of both direct energy savings and indirect savings from enhanced user health/productivity. When maximizing value for every dollar spent, sustainability provides a critical opportunity to enhance the well-being of the institution and its constituents.
PBA can also deliver designs that are LEED certified by the U.S.Green Building Council. A model for municipal building sustainability, the Wildwood City Hall was recently certified LEED Gold by the USGBC.