Marc, today's charrette was terrific. Thank you for your truly generous collaboration. You've caused me to turn a mental corner. Until recently, I thought that that to do really intelligent buildings, we'd need the right clients, the right engineers, and a premium budget. Thanks to you, I now believe that to do intelligent buildings all we need is INTELLIGENCE!—and the guts to ask the simple questions until we get the answers, and the courage of our convictions to persuade others...

We can do this and it will change things. You've empowered us. Thanks. –Ellen

Integrated Environmental Design Consulting

The heart of the work we do is to provide technical assistance to owners and design teams from the beginning of the design process through the construction process.  We’ll work with the team from the conceptual stage to detail design to implementation during construction (and beyond to post-occupancy.)  We provide a systems approach that crosses the disciplinary boundaries and seeks strategies that solve multiple challenges simultaneously.  Looking through the sustainable systems/high performance lens, we’ll help answer questions such as the following:

  • How can site resources (and constraints) serve the needs of the project?
  • How should the building(s) be oriented and how should they be massed?
  • Which structural system and building envelope serve the project needs best?
  • Which integrated renewable energy/mechanical system approach will work best?
  • How should water be supplied for each use, and how will waste be handled?
  • How is the healthiest indoor environment created, using daylight, materials selection, plants and water, and other components of biophilic design?
  • What needs to be done to deliver a mold-free building?
  • What strategies will make the building easy to operate and maintain, and durable?
  • How can the building accommodate changing uses over time?
  • How can the design achieve world-class energy-efficiency?

We may provide daylighting modeling services and energy modeling services, or we may work with team members to guide these efforts. 

Our participation will highlight the connections between the design disciplines and show clearly how one discipline’s decisions affects the others.  We are experienced in finding the opportunities for both capital and operating savings.  We begin with a clear understanding of the loads that need to be served and the resources available to serve them to meet the project goals.  Unlike many green consultants, our background and licensure is in engineering, so we have a firm grasp on the engineering principles that govern the project and are able to guide the engineering team past their usual comfort level to solutions that are often simpler and less costly while simultaneously providing higher user satisfaction and lower resource use.  We are also dedicated to helping architects create wonderful spaces for people, and as such our perspective is much broader than that of a typical “numbers guy.”

We also know when we are at the limit of our own knowledge and don’t hesitate bringing in more specialized expertise when necessary.  Twenty six years of practice has firmly embedded us in an international network of practitioners we can call on.

Case Studies of Integrated Design Consulting

  • Dartmouth College Student Residence Halls (McLaughlin, Tuck Mall, McCulloch)
  • Woods Hole Research Center
  • MIT East Campus project
  • Society for the Protection of NH Forests French Wing
  • Cobb Hill Cohousing
  • Mazar Residence
  • Vermont Law School Oakes Hall
  • Vermont Law School Debevoise Hall
  • Wampanoag tribal Headquarters
  • Middlebury College Bicentennial Hall
  • Hanover House
  • Westshire School
  • Stonyfield Farm Offices
  • Hawthorne Valley Farm Store
  • Island Cohousing
  • Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center
  • Harris Center for Environmental Education
  • College of the Atlantic Campus Center
  • College of the Atlantic Student Housing
  • Cambridge School of Weston Science Building
  • Pine Street Cohousing
  • Pioneer Valley Cohousing