The way that buildings are designed and constructed has changed over the past 20 years, as concern over global climate change and resource scarcity have become more common. Realizing that buildings consume approximately 70% of the Nation’s electricity has led to the development of more stringent building codes and widespread implementation of the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for green buildings. Additionally, Austin is home to the Austin Energy Green Building Program (AEGBP), a predecessor to the more nationally recognized LEED rating system.
Long before “green” was a household word, EEA was helping institutional and commercial clients reduce their energy consumption through the use of renewable resources and efficient, innovative design. We have been earth-conscious since the beginning and we will continue to do our part. Since 2003 we have designed over 1.4 million [MS1] square feet of LEED or AEGB certified space. Energy conservation is in our roots, so we always look to provide systems that make the best use of the Client’s money during construction AND through years of operation.
To truly design and construct a green building requires the dedication of all team members and stakeholders. We recognize that as the MEP engineer we are responsible for a significant portion of the points that can be awarded to a project. Mechanical systems must be carefully sized, selected, and controlled. Lighting systems must balance efficiency and user functionality. Plumbing systems must be designed to reduce water consumption to the fullest extent possible -- a huge concern for our local Central Texas region. EEA’s expertise in energy conservation design and whole building energy modeling has provided significant contributions to the success of green building projects. To learn more about our innovative, cost effective solutions click on one of our featured case studies, or contact us so we may learn more about how we can help lower your utility costs.