Sustainability

Sustainability

DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design is committed to incorporating sustainable development principles and strategies into the design of every project as a means to reduce our impact on the environment. Our strategy for sustainable and resource efficient buildings is an integrated approach that starts at the beginning of each project with consideration of the building form, siting/exposure, envelope, materials of construction, systems and equipment. We advocate the use of sustainable building practices as a matter of course, through the reuse of building elements and facilities, the use of efficient and sustainable energy systems and technologies, and the incorporation of renewable or recycled materials.

DUBBELDAM has broad experience researching and incorporating passive and active sustainable design solutions into projects, educating clients about the options for sustainable initiatives and weighing the short- and long-term benefits. Our projects result in a reduced carbon footprint, lower operating costs, better health conditions for users and improved occupant comfort levels. DUBBELDAM is a member of the Canada Green Building Council, Sustainable Buildings Canada, are adopters of the Architecture 2030 Challenge, and have first-hand experience with the most current sustainable initiatives used in North America. The inclusion of sustainable measures in projects allows the practice to continually produce cost effective, energy efficient, healthy environments for live, work, and play.

Holistic Approach

Our belief that is that sustainability is a basic tenet for living responsibly in the modern world, and this energizes every step of our design process. Sustainable practice is not just an add-on or a part-time luxury; it is a holistic attitude that carries through every one of our projects. We aim to balance the negative effects of the construction industry with responsible and ever-evolving building practices. First comes necessity, then comes morality and integrity. As architects it is our responsibility to build as sustainably, carefully and intelligently as possible.

We serve as thought leaders and strategic advisers in environmental and social sustainability. Through our ongoing Prix de Rome research, we draw on Scandinavian best practices and combine them with North American climate considerations. We promote vibrant, sustainable architecture and communities that provide lasting value. We advise clients at the early stages of projects to inspire the highest level of  sustainability targets. Working with strong partners and other specialists, we engage in an interdisciplinary, integrated process at the earliest phases of projects.

Quality of Life

We create architectural and urban solutions that promote human interaction, health, and wellbeing, and that minimize our impact on the earth’s resources and climate change. These are not mutually exclusive ideas: the effects of sustainability on social wellbeing and quality of life are just as tangible as large-scale positive impact. Through research and practice we have been involved with advocacy initiatives to promote sustainable development and architecture.

Services We Offer

Our projects result in a reduced carbon footprint, lower operating costs, better health conditions for users and improved occupant comfort levels. Dubbeldam is a member of the Canada Green Building Council, Sustainable Buildings Canada, are adopters of the Architecture 2030 Challenge, and have first-hand experience with the most current sustainable initiatives used in North America. The inclusion of sustainable measures in projects allows the practice to continually produce cost effective, energy efficient, healthy environments for live, work, and play.

Implemented sustainable technologies:
  • Program and Spatial Optimization
  • High Performance Building Envelope Design
  • Passive Solar Heating
  • Solar Hot Water and Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) Systems
  • Natural Daylighting Strategies
  • Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling Strategies
  • Advanced Geothermal Systems
  • Radiant Heating
  • Heat Recovery Ventilation
  • Wastewater Treatment (Greywater and Septic Systems)
  • Wastewater Heat Recovery
  • Rainwater Collection and Reuse
  • Water Conserving Appliances and Fixtures
  • Non-toxic, Renewable, Reclaimed, and Recycled 
  • Materials and Finishes
  • Low Energy Lighting and Appliances
  • Green Roof Systems
  • Wind Power