How to achieve
Green Building Standards
at less than 2% added costs?
Are you an owner, investor, or PM who has a project you want to make sustainable or achieve green certification but you’re unsure where to start? Have you been told that achieving green building standards and certification costs a lot more and is an extremely complicated, long, painful process? Or have you already incorporated green features in your project and still have low occupancy, high operational bills and have not significantly altered your brand to reflect the purposeful business you want to be?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then this is the green design brief you have been looking for. Here’s why.
There is actually a way to develop high performance, healthy, energy efficient, certified green buildings easily and at little to no additional cost.
The process is actually simple to follow and ensures you bring development projects off the ground that appeal to your customers, differentiate yourself from the competition and unleash your branding potential as an industry leader in sustainable and innovative green building design.
We’re reaching a point where sustainability is becoming the new normal
What most developers and owners typically do when wanting to go green inexpensively without a process is to take short-cuts, which actually ends up costing them more money,frustration and brand reputation.
Often these unsuccessful short-cuts include implementing stand alone green features such as air filters or greenery to the project, inefficient sustainability programs, and green certification blindly undertaken once architectural plans are already laid out.
These failed efforts are then showcased into Customer Social Responsibility (CSR) reports and in social media posts for the general public and future business partners to see. They end up creating little to no engagement because your customers do not see how your projects (and you) are really contributing to the global issues they care about, like climate change.
The primary reasons your projects are failing to meet green building standards and receiving this negative reaction from your customers are that:
There’s no workaround to green building standards. Performance based results come from calculated planned and result-driven efforts.
Costs for sustainable buildings only rise up when you rely on an incorrect design process and bring in a consultant too late into the project.
Isolated features or incomplete sustainability programs might send the wrong message to your stakeholders and put you at risk of being accused of greenwashing.
Your customers are increasingly eco-conscious and are tired of green substitute features and impactless sustainability programs. They need meaningful commitments from the brands they purchase from to know they are supporting climate action...this trend will only go upward.
Finally, the worst part is you probably end up with more delays and costs in the design and construction phase. Once operational, you realize you’re not really attracting customers with these features and it’s too late. You’re stuck with low occupancy rates, a lack of returning customers, increased pressure from the market and with high operational bills.
And if you decide to just skip the green part, you’re at risk of putting a development out there that will be non-compliant with environmental regulations a few years down the road, have increasing energy and maintenance bills, represent a lower standard and value to both customers and investors and suffer from a poorer image.
Ultimately you’re likely to be put on the bench by the competition and spend millions on a development that people do not want to work, live or play in.
We have designed a blueprint for developing
high performance green buildings at low cost
I’ve seen many clients struggle with, on one hand, the strong desire to put up a green high performant state-of-the-art building that customers relate to and, on the other, being stuck with almost no budget to do so.
Often there is a high perception of added time, resources and upfront costs which, in reality, is not the case.
And because it looks like much to take on, these dreams of better buildings are left on a canvas board never to be experienced. We wanted to change that.
As a sustainability consultant and green building engineer, I believe I have an obligation to support property developers, owners,investors and designers to produce better buildings and push the barriers towards the sustainable, resilient, healthy and green places that people want to live in.
We developed a holistic process which relies on bioclimatic architecture and where green principles are integrated early in the design stage resulting in high building performance at low cost.
We then took this high result-driven process and documented it in the Green Design Brief so our clients could easily implement it internally on their projects to achieve green building standards.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
" This was invaluable for DSM, Armelle took charge of the work and presented it bit by bit making sure we were fully aware of the process and journey. On project work Armelle has assisted with various pitches, creating excellent, clear and easy to understand presentations for our prospective clients. "
— Joy Menzies, Managing Director at DSM
Which projects have we applied this to?
So where have we applied our expertise? We have worked on a variety of exciting projects of all types of sectors from office, , residences, schools, hospitals, factories to stadiums and airports across Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Mongolia and Thailand)! Our most recent project is the U-Tapao Airport city project in Rayong Thailand where we advised on green building strategies for the airport terminal, commercial complex and transportation hub design concept.
Peer Recognition & Awards
We are extremely grateful to have received recongnition from our peers over the years and are the proud winners of multiple international awards. Armelle Le Bihan was recently designated Eco Star of Asia and RICS Young Achiever 2019.
The Choice is Yours
This is it. Our Green Design Brief is the process, the metrics and the green features that we use to support our clients in achieving green standards for their projects. It is the exact brief you need to get your green, people centric projects off the ground smoothly and cost effectively.
This is what you can expect to achieve from our Green Design Brief:
Cut operational and maintenance costs significantly by reducing your energy, water consumption while minimizing the overall carbon footprint
Reduce design and construction costs by applying an integrative design process
Appeal to the community by creating a legacy and demonstrating corporate responsibility that is meaningful to your customers and differentiates you from the competition
Improve your brand and reputation as an industry leader in green building and sustainability, and get more projects just by doing the right thing
What the green design brief includes
a market assessment for sustainable buildings and key drivers for their adoption
a presentation of the Integrated Design Process and key design metrics that support holistic, bioclimatic and people centric projects
a certification comparison matrix illustrating how LEED, WELL, TREES and EDGE differ,
a checklist for each sustainability pillar you need to address to ensure your project is right on track of your sustainability goals,
a handy business case to apprehend the value propositions and economics of green buildings and learn how they do not have to cost more
and a selection of market ready, cost effective green features to incorporate in your next sustainable project.