LAS Sustainability Philosophy

There are two broad issues related to sustainability in an architectural practice. First, and most critical, is addressing the impact of the buildings we design by focusing on high-performance design. All too often, people think of green as recycled content and finishes. Lord Aeck Sargent takes a more fundamental, holistic approach to optimize building performance.

We do that in a quantitative fashion rather than an intuitive fashion, through in-house building science expertise that includes energy modeling and daylight analysis, solar geometry studies and climate analysis. This expertise allows us to understand how complex building systems and the climate interact and to evaluate the effectiveness of building design decisions and energy efficiency measures.

Second is greening our business operations through a corporate cultural commitment to sustainability. Our Green Operations Plan seeks to improve the sustainability of our operations. Since 2007, we have been a fully climate neutral organization, purchasing 100% green power to power the office and offsetting emissions from airline and vehicle travel associated with our projects. And the recent relocation and renovation of our Atlanta office achieved LEED Platinum certification.