Sustainable design examples from DNA Workshop

At DNA Workshop, we are excited to share some of our proudest accomplishments in sustainable architecture design. We believe innovative design can coexist with environmental responsibility, leading to a greener, healthier, and more prosperous future. Explore three award-winning sustainable design examples that showcase our commitment to excellence and eco-consciousness. Let’s dive in!

What Is Sustainable Design?

Sustainable design prioritizes minimizing environmental impact and promoting social well-being. It involves eco-friendly practices from conception to construction. At DNA Workshop, sustainability is ingrained in our business. We seek third-party validation through LEED Certification, Enterprise Green Communities Certification, the National Green Building Standard, and Earthcraft.

Our approach includes meticulously reusing or creatively repurposing materials from previous builds or incorporating locally sourced resources into unique design fixtures. At DNA Workshop, we take great pride in our meticulous approach to reusing old materials and giving them a new lease on life. 

Sustainable Design Examples

Sustainable design is not merely a checkbox for the team at DNA Workshop. It is a fundamental pillar of our mission in every design we undertake. Our goal extends beyond creating exceptional spaces. We aim to contribute positively to both our local community and the global environment. This commitment to sustainability drives every aspect of our design process. Take a look at three sustainable design examples of eco-friendly architecture.

Sustainable design examples - DNA Workshop Headquarters

1. DNA Workshop Headquarters

Our DNA Workshop Headquarters is a testament to our sustainable design principles. Located in the vibrant heart of Baton Rouge’s Mid-City, this office space showcases a harmonious blend of functionality, aesthetics, and eco-consciousness. 

From the outset, we envisioned a workspace that would inspire our team while leaving a minimal carbon footprint. Initially, our office was a long-forgotten storage warehouse that would have looked like a pile of rubble. But our specialization in historic renovation allowed us to see this structure’s potential. We meticulously retained and repaired much of the old building while giving the space new life.

In addition to restoring the building, we focused on sustainability throughout the process. To achieve this, we implemented cutting-edge energy-efficient systems, including low-light fixtures and intelligent lighting controls. The building’s design maximizes natural light penetration, reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day. By doing this, we earned the LEED Gold Certification and adhered to ADA compliance. 

Sustainable design examples - Savannah Historic Renovation

2. Savannah Historic Renovation

Preserving the past while embracing the future is a challenge we embraced with enthusiasm during the Savannah Historic Renovation project. Restoring 55 historic buildings to their former glory while transforming them into sustainable, affordable housing spaces required a delicate balance of expertise and dedication.

We meticulously renovated these historic structures, with some dating back to the 1800s, implementing sustainable practices without compromising their historical charm. We designed 233 units within these buildings, each with its own unique design. 

By prioritizing various sustainable design measures, we achieved the HGBS Green certification for the project. The result is a space that breathes new life into history while setting an example for environmentally conscious preservation.

Sustainable design examples - 440 on Third

3. 440 on Third

Located in a bustling urban Baton Rouge setting, the 440 on Third project exemplifies how sustainable design can thrive even in limited spaces. This mixed-use development combines carefully curated residential, office, and commercial spaces to promote eco-friendly living and working.

By working with the structure as it came to our desks, we focused on enhancing the previous design for modern use. Not only could we free up 6,500 square feet of unusable space for offices, but we also placed a full-sized grocery store on the ground floor. This benefits the residents of the building as well as individuals in the neighborhood by giving them access to a nearby resource within walking distance. This space received a LEED certification and the 2016 Baton Rouge Growth Coalition Good Growth Award.

Want to Design Sustainably? Call Us!

At DNA Workshop, sustainability is more than a buzzword. It’s our unwavering commitment to building a brighter and greener tomorrow for everyone to enjoy. By embracing innovation and eco-consciousness, we aim to create even more sustainable design examples that inspire, uplift, and protect our planet.

If you are passionate about award-winning sustainable design and wish to collaborate on your next project, we would love to hear from you. Reach out to us through our contact page or calling your closest DNA Workshop location. Let’s build a brighter, greener, and more sustainable future together!