Sustainability

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  • The California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) Headquarters & Operations Center is a LEED Platinum project that was awarded both the 2012 DBIA Office and 2012 Overall Design-Build Project of the Year. In keeping with a stringent design maxim, we focused on reducing energy consumption. Green building measures – ranging from the tried and true to cutting edge emerging technologies – were employed throughout. The project achieves an exemplary level of performance, including exceeding California’s Title 24 overall energy performance by nearly 40%. Photovoltaic (PV) panels are built into both rooftop configurations and in parking lot arrays. The renewable power generated offsets nearly 20% of total power consumed.

  • The California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) Headquarters & Operations Center is a LEED Platinum project that was awarded both the 2012 DBIA Office and 2012 Overall Design-Build Project of the Year. In keeping with a stringent design maxim, we focused on reducing energy consumption. Green building measures – ranging from the tried and true to cutting edge emerging technologies – were employed throughout. The project achieves an exemplary level of performance, including exceeding California’s Title 24 overall energy performance by nearly 40%. Photovoltaic (PV) panels are built into both rooftop configurations and in parking lot arrays. The renewable power generated offsets nearly 20% of total power consumed.

  • The California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) Headquarters & Operations Center is a LEED Platinum project that was awarded both the 2012 DBIA Office and 2012 Overall Design-Build Project of the Year. In keeping with a stringent design maxim, we focused on reducing energy consumption. Green building measures – ranging from the tried and true to cutting edge emerging technologies – were employed throughout. The project achieves an exemplary level of performance, including exceeding California’s Title 24 overall energy performance by nearly 40%. Photovoltaic (PV) panels are built into both rooftop configurations and in parking lot arrays. The renewable power generated offsets nearly 20% of total power consumed.

  • Designed in the 1980s, Lincoln Plaza quickly became a Sacramento landmark. The building was designed with many advanced features that are just now coming into their own in the 21st Century. There were many firsts for the CalPERS Headquarters building, including being one of the first office buildings to utilize raised computer floors throughout. Integrated energy management system for lights, shades and conditioning we also incorporated, as was a fully landscaped green roof. Since that time, we have helped Cal PERS to renovate nearly all of the building spaces, making good use of the modular systems and flexible open office environment from the original design parti. The raised access floors, modular panel system and carpet tiles all contribute to the ease of reconfiguration, energy and technology updates throughout the complex. In 2009 the building was certified LEED EB Gold by the US Green Building Council.

  • Designed in the 1980s, Lincoln Plaza quickly became a Sacramento landmark. The building was designed with many advanced features that are just now coming into their own in the 21st Century. There were many firsts for the CalPERS Headquarters building, including being one of the first office buildings to utilize raised computer floors throughout. Integrated energy management system for lights, shades and conditioning we also incorporated, as was a fully landscaped green roof. Since that time, we have helped Cal PERS to renovate nearly all of the building spaces, making good use of the modular systems and flexible open office environment from the original design parti. The raised access floors, modular panel system and carpet tiles all contribute to the ease of reconfiguration, energy and technology updates throughout the complex. In 2009 the building was certified LEED EB Gold by the US Green Building Council.

  • The ultra energy-efficient, award-winning California Department of Education office building is located just east of the Capitol in Sacramento. The State solicited Design-Build teams to deliver the office project with a focus on sustainability. Our multi-disciplinary team introduced more than 100 environmental or sustainable enhancements to the basic building design, all within the stipulated Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). Items such as a 30 kVA photovoltaic array, raised access floors throughout, recycled materials and stringent air-quality testing were just a few of the features that helped us win the commission and led to a LEED Gold rating for the finished project. The building operates at approximately 40% below California Title 24 energy consumption standards — the most stringent standards in the nation.

  • The ultra energy-efficient, award-winning California Department of Education office building is located just east of the Capitol in Sacramento. The State solicited Design-Build teams to deliver the office project with a focus on sustainability. Our multi-disciplinary team introduced more than 100 environmental or sustainable enhancements to the basic building design, all within the stipulated Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). Items such as a 30 kVA photovoltaic array, raised access floors throughout, recycled materials and stringent air-quality testing were just a few of the features that helped us win the commission and led to a LEED Gold rating for the finished project. The building operates at approximately 40% below California Title 24 energy consumption standards — the most stringent standards in the nation.

  • The ultra energy-efficient, award-winning California Department of Education office building is located just east of the Capitol in Sacramento. The State solicited Design-Build teams to deliver the office project with a focus on sustainability. Our multi-disciplinary team introduced more than 100 environmental or sustainable enhancements to the basic building design, all within the stipulated Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). Items such as a 30 kVA photovoltaic array, raised access floors throughout, recycled materials and stringent air-quality testing were just a few of the features that helped us win the commission and led to a LEED Gold rating for the finished project. The building operates at approximately 40% below California Title 24 energy consumption standards — the most stringent standards in the nation.

Sustainability Matters

At Dreyfuss & Blackford, we have always been deeply committed to developing energy efficient, safe, clean and environmentally sound buildings that make the best use of our natural resources. It is estimated that buildings constitute over 45 percent of all energy use in this country. This is clearly an area where good sustainable design can benefit owners, communities and the environment at large.

We view every building design as a collection of interdependent systems with many opportunities to improve upon the “status quo” of traditional design. “Green” design need not cost more than traditional design. Indeed, increased efficiency, use of recycled (and recyclable) materials and improved resource allocation always results in demonstrable savings to owners and occupants.

Our highly qualified professionals work collaboratively with clients to identify options and approaches that will yield the most effective and efficient design solution. We offer a full range of value-added techniques and services to promote sustainable design, including:Preliminary Goal Assessments

  • Environmental Site Assessment
  • Preliminary LEED Checklist Projections
  • Eco-Charettes with Owners & Design Team
  • Material & Systems Analysis
  • USGBC Documentation
  • Building Commissioning
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation

We have been active in the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) since its inception and have facilitated use of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in our public work since 1999. We currently have nine LEED Accredited Professionals on staff.