At Footprint, our goal is simple: how do we get to less? Less costs…less stress…less waste…these are achievements that truly make a difference for our clients, our colleagues, and, ultimately, the world.
Taking a more integrated approach to sustainability services, we work side-by-side with project teams, providing an informed perspective of sustainable opportunities and considerations for design and construction decisions.
Our goal is to act as a catalyst for balance – to ask the right questions and provide possible solutions that point in the right direction. How do we know what the right direction is? It’s always the direction that points toward less energy, less time, less impact, and more sustainable developments.
At the end of the day, after all of the planning and strategy, the tables and the certification applications, you need to make sure your building is actually performing as intended. Too often, sustainability is viewed as a “nice to have” that has grown in popularity but doesn’t have a lot of data or proof to back it up. The proof is in the performance. Confidence in energy efficiency comes from seeing real time results, and our clients expect to see this proof.
And, if you ARE seeing the performance that you would like to see, how can that data be used in the most effective way? Who needs to see it, and how can it be expected to evolve? Measurement and verification strategies can be effectively integrated into your business processes at the building and the operational level, making effective energy efficiency decisions that are still financially viable.
KEY WORDS: IPMVP Certification | Compliance | Investor Confidence | Metering Strategy
SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTING & CERTIFICATION
For years, building sustainability equalled certification. It was the clearest path, and the simplest solution for many clients to pursue popular sustainability certification processes that kept everyone speaking “the same language”.
Now, the landscape has shifted (both literally, and figuratively). As conversations around climate change become more and more urgent, the path toward true sustainability has become less and less clear. While all buildings contribute to global energy use, not all buildings are the same, and there are a number of factors to consider before determining the best course of action for a new or existing building. Certification may be the way to go, but the various certifications available vary in terms of short and long term commitments. And what about the context of your portfolio or campus of buildings – how do you support the same standard across many buildings, when they were all built at such different times (and with a variety of alternative objectives in mind).
That’s why you need a sustainability “roadmap” for your building – a plan that will tackle the big questions around wellness, energy, carbon reduction, and accreditation. Big decisions require big picture thinking, and Footprint is your wide-angle lens.
KEY WORDS: Sustainability Roadmap | Sustainability Strategy | LEED Certification | WELL Certification | Passive House | ARC Re-Entry Facilitation | Feasibility Study Services | BOMA Best | Zero Carbon Building Standard | Green Globes | Fitwel Certification | WELL Certification | Municipality Green Standards | Life Cycle Assessment | Embodied Energy | Mindful Materials Initiative | Total Cost of Ownership Analysis
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