Sustainable Design Philosophy

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Sustainable Design Philosophy of LHB

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As an ongoing commitment to our core values of design excellence, high-performance design, and quality documents, LHB is dedicated to designing sustainable projects. Our interdisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and engineers incorporates innovative and responsive design strategies to provide highly successful projects for our clients, the users, and the wider community. To achieve this level of success, LHB is focused on ensuring life-cycle cost reductions, ecological responsibility, and an overall improved quality of life for occupants.

Negative environmental impacts such as energy and water consumption can be reduced through the design approach employed at LHB. Life-cycle cost analysis and energy modeling are utilized to compare the potential cost savings of products and systems. Our goal is to design buildings that exceed the energy code by a minimum of 30%. LHB is a leader in the design of renewable energy systems (wind, geothermal, and solar power) and alternative stormwater management practices (green roofs, rain gardens, and permeable paving).

Efficient use of resources is a priority at LHB, not only because it makes good ecological sense, but because it makes good economic sense as well. Specifying materials and systems that are durable, non-toxic, locally manufactured, and that reduce waste are trademarks of our sustainable design approach. LHB also specifies waste management plans that ensure the maximum amount of recyclable and reusable materials are diverted from landfills.

The health and well-being of a building’s users play an integral role in any LHB project. Recognizing that people spend most of their time indoors, LHB incorporates design practices, specifications, and material selections that greatly reduce the impact of volatile organic compounds, dust, mold, and radon on occupants.

LHB is familiar with a wide variety of green building guidelines and rating systems. In fact, LHB was one of the first firms in the state of Minnesota to use the stringent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council and has continued to use them for over ten years. In designing our housing projects, we follow the Green Communities Guidelines and LEED for Homes standards. LHB also provides project management and aids in the writing of the B3 Minnesota Sustainable Building Design Guidelines.

LHB recognizes that the design process should look far beyond construction. We approach each project with a holistic vision and the understanding that sustainable buildings and sustainable client relationships require more than a traditional design philosophy. LHB’s design practices not only preserve the earth’s fleeting resources but provide substantial financial benefits for the end user by creating healthy, long- lasting buildings with reduced energy and utility costs.

LEED Accredited Staff

Evan Aljoe, ASHE

Kim Bretheim, AIA

Heidi Bringman, ASLA

Rick Carter, FAIA

Maureen Colburn, AIA

Stewart Cran, PE

Michael Fischer, AIA

Michael French, PE

Stephen Hearn, PE

Kevin Holm, AIA

Brandee Lian, AIA

Bob Lisi, PE

Andy Madson, AIA

Lydia Major, ASLA

Steve McNeill, AIA

Bill Niebur, AIA

Sara Phillips, AIA

Cynthia Poirier, AIA

Mark Poirier, AIA

Roger Purdy

Kiiri Schoenberg, CID

Dan Shaw, PE

Dave Sheedy, PE

Ryan Thorson, PE

Jim Tiggelaar, PE

Ben Trousdale

Nick Vreeland, AIA

David Williams, PE, FPE


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