FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY

As members of the AEC community, we believe in creating beautiful buildings that incorporate environmentally and ethically responsible design. In recent years, our industry has moved strongly away from past practices that contributed to climate change and excessive use of resources. Feldman Architecture participates in and exemplifies this shift toward sustainability by embracing decarbonization and resilient design strategies that advantage communities, future generations, and the natural environment.

FELDMAN ARCHITECTURE SUSTAINABILITY MILESTONES

The first Feldman Architecture home, House Ocho, set the tone for our work with a site-sensitive, sustainable design. In 2010, we designed our first electric, Net-Zero Energy Home, The Santa Cruz Haus, which earned LEED Platinum certification. With subsequent projects like Caterpillar House, the first LEED Platinum Custom Home on California’s Central Coast, and The Farm, a sustainable urban home with grey and black water filtrations systems, we have continuously refined our goals and raised expectations for performance and efficiency. Because we prioritized sustainability in our earliest projects, Feldman Architecture has been able to build a team of like-minded architects, consultants, and staff while attracting clients who are concerned to build with sustainable design.

COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE

In December of 2016 Feldman Architecture signed on to the AIA 2030 Commitment, a shared dedication to transforming architectural practice in ways that benefit the health of the planet and the quality of life. Signatories aim to make all new buildings, developments, and renovations carbon-neutral by 2030. As part of this commitment, Feldman Architecture’s in-house Sustainability Committee has crafted an Action Plan, updated annually, that serves as a roadmap toward our goals as well as encouraging an array of sustainable practices within the firm. It assures that our staff have access to the research, continuing education, and technical training required in a fast-moving field with ever-rising aspirations. Two firm-wide sustainability-focused initiatives each calendar year promote awareness of the role architects must play in the age of climate crisis and the skills required for mitigating impacts on the environment.

With 2030 only a short decade away, there is much work to be done, many skills, strategies, and practices to be developed. Achieving net zero within the next ten years will require an aggressive and transparent trajectory with continuous goal setting, reporting, and testing. 

Below are a few strategies, tools, and metrics we believe will be productive along the way. Please have a look and join us in this endeavor by sharing your questions or suggestions, or starting a conversation.

WATER: Rainwater Harvesting & Greywater Reuse

EMBODIED VS OPERATIONAL CARBON

BUILDING PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS: Operational Energy

BUILDING PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS: Post Occupancy Data

BUILDING PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS: Thermal Performance and Occupant Comfort