We are excited to announce the results of our AIA 2030 Commitment data reporting for 2021. Our combined portfolio, which includes 11 projects totaling over 42,000 square feet, came in at an overall predicted 98.13% EUI (energy use intensity) reduction, far exceeding the current goal of 80%, and just below our ultimate goal of 100% EUI reduction (or achieving net-zero energy use) by the year 2030. 75% of our projects reported from last year met the 80% target, with 5 projects predicted to achieve net-zero energy use. Our findings indicate that a drastic reduction in our projects’ gas use combined with increased PV production made the biggest difference in a nearly 30% jump in our portfolio over previous years.
While this data only represents predicted energy use and post-occupancy data will need to be collected and analyzed, this is a huge step in the right direction towards our commitment to reducing our work’s carbon emissions and a net-zero energy future. Stay tuned as we continue to report our progress and findings on our blog. Onward!
As we turn the corner into 2021, our team wanted to provide an update on the work we are doing behind the scenes to uphold our commitment to racial justice. Last fall, Feldman Architecture solidified a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee, consisting of five FA staff members, which since then has been meeting weekly. In the last quarter of 2020, the committee lead an internal analysis of Feldman Architecture’s procedures, handbook, hiring processes, and submitted a series of recommendations to improve upon these and other areas of our firm as a whole. Our internal assessment felt like a logical place to start, and also lead us to a few important realizations. We first made the decision to enlist help with our DEI efforts from a third party – we are in the beginning steps of working with Humanize Us All to complete an internal assessment of our firm, and engage in an all staff and leadership DEI training that will help us improve as an organization, reflect on our firm culture and mission, and make our efforts to engage our community more impactful.
The committee also realized that as a passionate group filled to the brim with ideas and lofty goals, we will best serve our mission with focused work in specific areas. This quarter, the JEDI Committee will be investing significant time and resources in educational outreach and internship programs for BIPOC students. As a start, the committee will be mentoring a high school student connected with our firm through AFSF, and will be exploring design, software, sustainability, and other aspects of what it means to work in architecture with her. We are also working on crafting summer internship opportunities, as well as beginning to engage in pro bono work at an East Bay school.
At the end of the quarter, we will follow up with another blog post to report our findings, share our progress, and hold ourselves accountable. Please feel free to reach out with comments, suggestions, or questions.
Our third and final intern has just arrived! West will be joining our office for about six weeks this summer to assist in projects and learn as much as possible about our office culture. He just graduated from The Bay School of San Francisco and is on his way to study Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. West lives in Marin and enjoys biking Mt. Tam, swimming, and spending time with friends in the city.
We’re excited to introduce you to our second intern for the summer, Ying Pan! Ying is from Taiwan, and before coming to San Francisco, graduated from a vocational high school in Taipei. During that time she majored in drafting, but is now currently studying architecture at UC Berkeley. She will be helping us by translating work for our clients who speak mandarin, as well as working on a few of our in-progress projects around the office. Outside of school and the office, Ying’s hobbies include playing basketball and skateboarding, and she loves puppies!
We’re so excited to introduce our first summer intern, Parker!
Parker will be joining Feldman Architecture for the summer of 2018, helping us on a few projects we have in progress around the office! He is currently studying to get his B.A. in Architecture at Syracuse University in New York after having studied architecture for four years at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. He is a contributing editor to the arts & culture blog Warm World Productions and as a San Francisco native, enjoys sailing, photography, traveling, and taking walks with his dog at the beach.
From the Iron Chef competition to the rejuvenating Third Thursdays, every part of my experience at Feldman Architecture this summer has been a thrilling challenge from start to finish, especially the occasional morning maneuvers through all of the office dogs.
Diving into a proposal for a project during my second week was an effective way to be put under the spotlight and face the real world. An unmatched opportunity to witness the progression of a collaborative design process, the many projects I helped out with were a true test to my ability to overcome challenges.
I would like to thank everyone, and especially Humbeen, for helping me learn through my stumbles and falls, and for making my experience so fun. I accrued a multitude of skills and a plethora of knowledge during the two and a half months of working at Feldman Architecture. For instance, I can now confidently say that I know how to disable the office alarm without frantically pressing all of the buttons. It has been a real pleasure to be a part of such a vibrant work environment.
Thank you for being such a wonderful team, I hope that I can cross paths with all of you in the near future. It has been a pleasure to get to know all of you !