In recent years there has been unprecedented growth in sustainable design across all of the architectural and engineering professions. Commercial and residential buildings consume approximately 40% of all energy in the United States. Architects have the opportunity, like never before, to make a positive impact on the built environment by incorporating environmentally friendly technologies into the design, construction and operation of buildings. Certifications have created standards that enable clients and designers to minimize the ecological impact on the environment for both new buildings and remodeled spaces.
In response to growing interest in green design by both management and staff, Aria Group has established an internal Green Committee to proactively develop sustainable practices across all aspects of the company. The stated mission of the committee is: “To help promote responsible green initiatives in all practices of Aria Group Architects, its vendors and associates with the ultimate goal of reducing our impact on the environment by providing increased awareness and education, organized and accessible information and by being an informed liaison for both our clients and employees.”
Aria Group is committed to promoting and employing sustainability efforts as an important part of its business practices.
The committee focuses on three key areas: practice, operations and education.
‘Practice’ involves implementing and incorporating appropriate elements of sustainable design to save energy, conserve resources, and reduce costs for the end user as a matter of standard practice. Sustainable efforts are incorporated into construction documents as well as specifications.
‘Operations’ encompasses effecting a measureable reduction of resource usage within our office, lessening the impact on the environment through reduced paper usage and recycling, water conservation and energy consumption reduction.
‘Education’ consists of learning opportunities presented to our firm via conferences, seminars and real project experiences that reinforce our culture to both our staff and our clients, inspiring environmentally responsible design, construction, operation, and renovation of the built environment.
With the goal of conserving vital resources for future generation’s needs, Aria Group is committed to promoting and employing sustainability efforts as an important part of its business practices.