We facilitate innovation in your projects to help you deliver stand-out, high performance buildings while balancing client needs. We share what we do to help build the capacity of your team and better equip you for the next high performance project.
Design assistance for energy and indoor environmental quality
We want our buildings to be better for the environment and for the people who use them. Therefore, we take a holistic approach to every project looking for synergies among building systems, architecture and the local climate to create a design greater than the sum of its parts.
We help design teams establish measurable goals, discover opportunities, investigate options and optimize solutions. Working closely with our clients, we inform decision-making by sharing our knowledge and tools.
To ensure optimal performance in the real world, we also incorporate behavior-based initiatives, commissioning and strategies for advanced measurement and verification.
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Hands on help for energy savings in iconic Chicago buildings
We are a proud member of Environmental Defense Fund’s Chicago Climate Corps network that uncovered opportunities to cut electricity use by more than 6.6 million kilowatt hours and save $1.6 million in energy costs.
We collaborated with EDF to train and place ten Climate Corps fellows at 26 iconic Chicago buildings totaling more than 13 million square feet of commercial space. Five of the EDF Climate Corps fellows were supported by a year-long engagement by EDF and Seventhwave to advance deeper retrofits and clean energy programs.
The goal of the Building Energy Initiative in Chicago is to identify 30 million kWh in energy savings across 50 multi-tenant commercial buildings.
Performance-based design allows owners to specify energy performance targets and other key criteria before issuing a project request for proposals. The design team is selected based on their ability to meet these targets and is held accountable throughout design and into occupancy, resulting in actual, realized energy performance and savings. This approach is a departure from traditional procurement methods that lack both a defined and measurable target and an appropriate path for the design and construction team to meet it. Traditionally, the energy performance and savings are only modeled—if they are defined at all—with little to no follow-up, often resulting in under-performance and unrealized energy savings. Performance-based contracts provide an incentive to build efficiently, encourage going beyond code requirement minimums, and provide an excellent return on investment with low risk.
We worked with the University of Chicago to develop a design standard for their new residence hall that sets an energy use intensity target and details energy modeling requirements for each stage of the design process. We wrote the energy analysis requirements, modeling framework and reporting requirements for the standard.
Advancing performance-based design. With funding from DOE, we will demonstrate new approaches for procuring high efficiency buildings through its Accelerate Performance project. Performance-based contracts provide an incentive to build efficiently, encourage going beyond code requirement minimums, and provide an excellent return on investment with low risk. Learn more.
Net zero building design
We helped Walgreens design a prototype net zero retail store in Illinois by evaluating and modeling previously uncommon strategies to achieve exceptionally high performance.
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The art and science of daylighting
Good daylighting creates beautiful, appropriately lit spaces while saving energy. Success comes from a combination of art and science, architecture and engineering.
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(formerly the Daylighting Collaborative)