“Good design is sustainable design,” according to Tim Warren, PE, LEEP AP, president of JDB Engineering and leader of the firm’s sustainable design efforts. “For almost 35 years we’ve focused our practice on providing sustainable, energy-efficient designs – regardless of what it was called or if a rating system was used.” From JDB Engineering’s design of one of the earliest thermal storage systems in the U.S. in the 1980s to our present initiatives like net-zero energy solutions, the company has always prided ourselves on thinking beyond the design to the long-term life cycle and maintenance implications.
We understand that buildings aren’t always a friend to the environment – they account for over 67% of all electricity consumed in the United States and almost 40% of all energy used.
With carbon dioxide emissions, water usage, lost greenspace, indoor pollutants, and construction waste, it almost seems that buildings are downright bad for the environment.
But it doesn’t have to be that way, which is why JDBE has adopted the philosophy of Engineering the Built Environment to Sustain the Natural Environment.
While “Green Building” is a phrase that seems to be omnipresent these days, JDB Engineering has been designing energy-efficient, sustainable buildings since our inception. Our approach is to provide innovative solutions to challenging projects. Our staff have been members of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2002 and we’ve had an in-house Green Building Committee since 2001. Staff members have given presentations about sustainable design to professional societies, client associations, and civic groups. We have LEED Accredited Professionals on staff in several design disciplines.
We believe that sustainability begins at home. Our corporate headquarters are located in a “recycled” building – a 1936 barn. But environmental stewardship goes beyond building features, which is why we have implemented Sustainability Principles that deal with day-to-day operations and activities to minimize energy usage and reduce waste. These principles range from paper purchasing and recycling to computer usage to electronic documentation to encouraging carpooling and bike riding.