Our Planetary Principle
For decades, A&E Design has endeavored to create impact with innovative architecture and design while reducing the associated environmental consequences. We know the potential risks to our planet and natural resources that come with the built environment. With each project, we feel the weight of responsibility to recognize, control, and minimize those risks while transforming the world around us.
As one of our firm’s values, the planet is a primary consideration in every A&E Design deliverable. We embrace “green architecture” practices, integrate viable strategies, and educate our clients, partners, and peers on the importance of sustainability. Our commitment is evidenced by our history—from completing the first LEED-certified project in a national park to our most recent LEED Platinum facility at Montana State University. With every structure we create, we explore ways to advance our industry while perpetuating the health of our planet and people.
Members of our sustainability and design teams unite for a collaborative charette to explore sustainable design opportunities. We use an energy modeling software, the cove.tool, to maximize energy performance with optimum orientation and daylighting.
The story of our sustainability success starts with the practices we put in place today to minimize our environmental impact. To achieve our short- and long-term carbon neutrality goals, we plan to take the following steps in 2021:
Implement key sustainability operations, including tracking goals, fostering accountability, and integrating the cove.tool into 21 projects.
Reduce our Energy Use Intensity by 30%.
Build a running materials watchlist, which identifies sustainable options and those with potentially harmful impacts.
Create project goals and accompanying action plans that clearly outline requirements and track delivery milestones.