Coughlin Porter Lundeen embraces the expanded sustainable design role we can play in structural and civil site design, looking beyond the basic metrics of the LEED rating system. These projects require truly integrated design teams which search for creative sustainable solutions that add economic, environmental and aesthetic value. We don’t settle for traditional green design; instead we seek opportunities to go beyond convention and develop unique, innovative solutions.
The best stormwater management systems mimic nature, integrate with the building and site design, and help reduce the damaging effects of urbanization. Directing runoff to natural drainage systems like green roofs, rain gardens, infiltration beds, landscaped planters, and bioswales reduces flow and provides time for the runoff to be naturally cleansed before entering ecosystems. Implementing natural drainage practices also helps restore groundwater supplies, improve water quality, increase local biodiversity, and stabilize microclimates.
Municipal potable water supply systems consume significant amounts of energy. We work with clients to determine the feasibility of implementing sustainable water strategies involving rain water harvesting to achieve environmental benefits, reduce water usage, and provide net energy savings.
We understand the critical importance structure plays in achieving project goals. We seek to strike a balance between the desire to limit material consumption through economical design with other factors such as occupant comfort, daylighting requirements, natural ventilation goals, enhanced thermal envelope concerns, and adaptability through multiple generations of use. We have significant experience with the design of complex integrated façade systems often necessary to achieve optimal energy performance.
From supply to design to construction, we realize the sustainable, aesthetic, and modular benefits of this innovative material. In addition to engaging with associations, our firm has actively contributed to ongoing research and presented our findings nationally. We’re working with a confidential national developer to use CLT on an industrial scale across a wide variety of building types.
We recently wrote about CLT – its standout international projects, its momentum in Seattle, and its wow factors – in The Red Line here: http://bit.ly/TheRedLine-Spring2017