sustainability

Sustainability should not be considered as an entity separate from design, but rather needs to be included as a component integral to design and construction.  

The outdated notion of sustainability as a 'thing' that can be added or deleted at any point to the design +/or construction process no longer holds. Though components & systems can be sustainable, sustainability is a way of thinking & behaving - one that can be incorporated in the process of design & construction relatively easily, and without impacting the cost or schedule of a project. 


Current work

Includes sustainability consulting for an Alberta college which includes a LEED-shadow process on an update to their campus master plan, and LEED-CI registration, documentation, & certification for a 500 sq.m. interior renovation.

 

Research

Sustainability-related research focuses on the specific examination of materials & building components, in particular, the way they connect and interface with one another.

The ultimate goal of this research is to identify areas for improvement, and to suggest & develop new, credible components & systems. This research is being performed in conjunction with an external technology entity.


Project experience

jha borrows its experience on sustainable projects from Jayson while working first for Riddell Kurczaba and second for the University of Calgary (Facilities Development). Sustainability related experience occurred on both LEED-certified & non-certified projects. LEED projects are in various stages of certification at a variety of certification levels. 

A couple of example LEED projects include: 

Taylor Family Digital Library 

University of Calgary
completed 2011
(designed by Kasian)

Library
24,813 sq.m.
LEED Gold (pending)

Energy. Environment. Experiential Learning.

University of Calgary
completed 2011
(designed by P+W / DIALOG)

Laboratory/research
24,605 sq.m.
LEED Platinum (achieved) 

 
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