Sustainable design is an integral part of our design process to conserve energy and resources through material selections, efficient system design, the use of natural lighting and passive heating and cooling. We believe sustainability means creating an environment that can withstand the test of time in terms of function and aesthetics beyond any particular accreditation. Safe, healthy, energy-efficient buildings have demonstrated benefits to owners and users alike.
KGD has been recognized for its energy efficient design approach well before the establishment of the LEED® system was established. In 2002, the KGD-designed Tower Building was one of only fifty projects world-wide featured in the Big & Green exhibit hosted by the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Our design approach uses integrated strategies to conserve energy as a standard part of the design process.
In 2007, KGD became an Energy Star Partner with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2008, KGD designed the first office building in Maryland to achieve “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR,” and the next year, 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard was the first building in Maryland to receive LEED® Platinum (C+S) state.
Today KGD Architecture has ten LEED® APs on staff, representing the BD+C, ID+C and O+M specializations, and three Green Associates. Mechanical Engineer Shane Trexler, LEED® AP O+M is our in-house sustainability engineer, advising the range of performance options available for a given project. Beyond LEED®, we have had the opportunity to partner with Clients on projects targeting Energy Star™ and Earthcraft.