Climate Action & Sustainability
Under Armour Global Headquarters
Santa Monica College Core Performance Center
San Francisco International Airport, T1 Net Zero Program
CSULB Parkside North Residence Hall and Housing Administration Building
Torre Universal Sustainability
Café Britt Headquarters
First United Bank
Walmart Home Office
Holt Renfrew Sustainable Guidelines
Centro de Convenciones de Costa Rica
CSU Northridge Student Sustainability Center
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
U.S. General Services Administration, Federal Office Building
Why It’s Time to Apply Regenerative Systems Design on a Global Scale
Data Centres and the Forgotten Landscapes of Digital Infrastructure
Achieving LEED Zero Energy With HARC
How Biophilia, Biomimicry, and Bioclimatic Strategies Will Transform the Future of Design
Utilizing Waste Heat From Data Centers
Climate Change Is Here. It’s Time to Invest in Our Collective Future.
Back to Basics: 5 Strategies to Approach Net Zero Energy
Why New Construction Cannot Solve the Climate Crisis
Mass Timber: The Sustainable Solution for the Design Industry (Part 2)
Mass Timber: The Sustainable Solution for the Design Industry
Trends to Watch Shaping the Future of ESG
What Gensler’s Latest City Pulse Says About Sustainable Transportation
Ericsson USA 5G Smart Factory
CSULB Parkside North Residence Hall
Climate Action Through Design
Carbon performance certifications will permeate American and global real estate in the immediate future.
Radical transparency is the name of the game as companies shift to a culture of disclosure around their environmental commitments. Net zero energy and carbon certifications will become baseline expectations even in industries with traditionally poor building performance.
The world will follow Europe’s lead as it charts a course toward regenerative systems.
Recognizing that carbon reduction is only a first step in a long journey, much of Europe is embracing climate action strategies focused on low-tech design and regenerative systems. Such strategies will shift the focus from minimizing environmental harm (net zero) to actively benefiting local ecologies and generating renewable, clean energy (net positive).
Transforming existing buildings and materials with reuse strategies will supersede new construction.
As energy grids decarbonize, the embodied carbon associated with new construction will become more consequential. Adaptive reuse, which can reduce a building’s life cycle carbon by 40%, will be an important antidote to this dilemma, especially as forward-thinking governments and firms pledge to prioritize retrofits over new builds.
Certifications will emerge to better define and quantify socially responsible strategies — the ‘S’ in ESG.
While many prominent certifications programs exist to demonstrate environmental and governance commitments, the same cannot currently be said for social aspects of ESG. Funds are increasingly seeking clarity on equity, inclusion, and wellness. In coming years, we expect new evaluation systems for socially responsible strategies as companies look to prove their mettle to investors.