Sustainable architecture offers many economic advantages that extend far beyond initial cost considerations. At DNA Workshop, we are strong proponents of the idea that sustainable design is not only environmentally responsible but also economically beneficial. Our core mission revolves around creating spaces prioritizing the needs or property owners and residents while minimizing the building’s environmental footprint and reducing long-term operating costs through sustainable design practices. Explore the four economic benefits of sustainable architecture and discover various certifications and standards that guide our commitment to sustainability.
1. Cost Savings in Construction and Maintenance
When it comes to sustainable architecture, the initial impression may suggest higher costs due to innovative construction techniques and eco-friendly materials. However, it’s crucial to recognize that these upfront expenses ultimately translate into significant long-term savings.
Sustainable building designs prioritize energy efficiency above all else. Passive strategies such as harnessing natural light and optimizing ventilation substantially cut down on heating and cooling costs. Businesses can redirect their financial resources toward future growth by incorporating advanced technologies like solar panels and high-efficiency HVAC systems.
2. Reduced Energy Consumption and Lower Utility Bills: A Win-Win Scenario
As emphasized earlier, sustainable buildings excel at one crucial aspect: minimizing energy consumption. This focus on efficiency translates into tangible, measurable reductions in utility bills for those who inhabit them. Did you know that, on average, businesses spend approximately $2.10 per square foot on utilities annually?
This cost can soar even higher in regions with extreme climates, such as severe cold or scorching heat. However, energy-efficient buildings often experience substantial decreases in energy expenses, delivering benefits to both property owners and occupants.
3. Indoor Air Quality
Sustainable buildings strongly emphasize ensuring excellent indoor air quality through efficient ventilation systems. This commitment to better indoor air quality goes beyond comfort, significantly impacting health and productivity.
Numerous studies have stressed the importance of maintaining fresh air for the well-being and efficiency of occupants. This issue has become so prevalent that it led to the coining of the term “sick building syndrome,” associated with higher rates of absenteeism. Inadequate ventilation also increases the risk of spreading infectious diseases.
According to research from the Harvard Business Review, “Our estimates show that the cost of doubling ventilation rates would be less than $40 per person per year. In most cities, it’s even lower. When energy-efficient ventilation systems are used, the cost would be $1–$10 per person per year.”
By prioritizing indoor air quality, sustainable architecture not only creates a more comfortable environment but also allows property owners to invest in the health and productivity of their occupants.
4. Certifications and Standards: Our Commitment to Sustainability
At DNA Workshop, we transcend the role of mere architects. We become integral partners in your journey toward economic sustainability. Our unwavering dedication to sustainable design benefits the environment and creates economic advantages. By adhering to various certifications and standards, we ensure that our projects deliver eco-friendliness and economic value.
Here are some of the certifications and standards we strive toward:
- LEED Certification
DNA Workshop has achieved LEED Certification on multiple projects, including our headquarters. LEED offers a robust framework for designing, constructing, and operating high-performance buildings in alignment with climate preservation and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) goals.
- Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP)
Our firm has a thorough understanding of the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) and can utilize the allotted funding for your sustainable architecture project following the specified rules and requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing.
- Enterprise Green Communities Certification
In addition to LEED certification, we’ve designed numerous new and existing developments to achieve the Enterprise Green Communities Certification criteria. This certification sets rigorous standards for creating energy-efficient, sustainable, and affordable homes and communities.
- National Green Building Standard (NGBS)
DNA Workshop adheres to the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) to ensure our buildings and communities achieve the highest levels of sustainability. NGBS is the only green building rating system developed through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) consensus process.
(The Elysian III and The Heritage I and II have all achieved Bronze Status through NGBS.)
- Earthcraft Certification
To guide us in creating energy-efficient and environmentally conscious buildings, we follow Earthcraft certification standards. Earthcraft focuses on constructing homes and facilities that are energy- and water-efficient while also promoting a healthier indoor environment.
Contact Us to Utilize the Benefits of Sustainable Architecture
Sustainable architecture offers significant economic advantages. Reduced energy consumption, lower utility bills, and improved indoor air quality are just the start of the potential benefits for your company.
At DNA Workshop, we transform your goals into a reality that benefits our clients, our communities, and our planet while safeguarding your financial interests. We are eager to bring our design expertise to your next project. Contact your closest DNA Workshop location today or message us online to embark on a journey toward a sustainable and prosperous future.