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  • Sustainable Sites

    Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important to ensure a project’s sustainability. Environmentally r...

  • Materials, Furniture, and Furnishings Replacement

    Daily wear and tear means that materials, furniture and furnishings require periodic replacement.

  • Under 10,000 SF Interiors Gut Rehab Project

    This page provides Sustainable Strategies to consider as a space has or will undergo a major tenant gut rehab for projects under 10,000 SF.

  • Biophilic Design

    Learn why nature is so important to us, what we know about the benefits of nature, and how biophilia is being applied in buildings, particularly in ...

Albedo

Albedo, or solar reflectance, is a measure of the ability of a surface material to reflect sunlight, including visible, infrared, and ultraviolet wavelengths, on a scale of 0 to 1.  The more sunlight that is reflected, the higher the albedo. Albedo is used when measuring the reflectance of white roofs, in order to prevent Heat Island Effect.

Whole Building Systems

  • Lighting - Interior Designer

    Interior designers form spaces to respond to human needs and in the process delivers functional, psychological, and aesthetic benefits to the occupa...

  • HVAC - Architect

    The architect has as much or more impact on the HVAC system than any other member of the integrative team. An architect’s decisions - the building ...

  • Planted Roof - GreenGlobes NC

    What percentage by area of the roof is vegetated, and/or has a high Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) as prescribed based on the slope of the roof?

  • Lighting - Interior Designer

    Interior designers form spaces to respond to human needs and in the process delivers functional, psychological, and aesthetic benefits to the occupa...

  • Planted Roof - Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

    Plants have long been used in the urban environment to remove air pollutants like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, smog-forming compounds and par...

Materials

  • Solid Surface

    Solid Surface countertops are made from petrochemicals-based synthetics. Countertops made from solid surface are durable and scratches can be sanded...
  • Dry Erase Wall Panels

    Dry erase wall panels can transform any smooth surface into a high-performance dry-erase writing surface. A dynamic workspace can be created with a...
  • Grill and Griddle

    A grill and griddle uses heat elements under a metal surface to cook food. The heat elements can be powered by natural gas or el...