BOKA Powell is committed to protecting the environment, improving quality of life and promoting sustainability in architectural design. Our LEED accredited professionals assist clients in understanding the connection between the ecological, economic and social circumstances of a project. We are dedicated to identifying potential cost and schedule impacts related to implementing systems and strategies, with an eye toward maximizing the benefit for every dollar spent.
Training our Team
Our team is well-versed in developing sustainable designs and green building alternatives using the fundamentals of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system. We understand that each project type requires a different set of criteria, and our on-staff LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) know the success of a LEED certified project lies not only in fulfilling the specific credit requirements outlined by the USGBC, but by honoring the intent of the LEED system in creating environments which have a lower impact on our natural resources and support healthier, happier, and more productive building occupants.
We take a holistic approach to LEED design. Every point in the LEED system is evaluated against the potential budget or schedule impact for that project to determine the best potential path to certification in the context of the client’s requirements. While LEED is arguably the most nationally-recognized green building certification program, BOKA Powell also strives to meet a number of other green building qualifiers, such as Austin Energy’s Green Building Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star and many other local programs. BOKA Powell has designed more than 3,000,000 square feet that now bear the EPA’s Energy Star Label.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
Indoor environmental quality is key to achieving this goal on our commercial, mixed-use and residential projects. Our approach for delivering spaces with high indoor environmental quality focuses on providing the building occupant with the most comfortable conditions possible. This typically includes increased outdoor ventilation, CO2 monitoring for regularly occupied spaces, and careful control of secondhand smoke. Individual occupant controls for lighting levels and air distribution are also typically considered, with under floor air and task lighting being primary methods for accomplishing these objectives. Allowing daylight deep into the spaces and allowing views to the outside for most of the floor area are also considered important to the quality of the work and/or learning environment, and are typically achieved by eliminating full height office walls or by locating these offices to the interior of the building. Air quality standards are addressed by careful selection of HVAC components and by specification of low-VOC-emitting components such as carpet, paint, sealants, wood, plastic, and other building materials which could off-gas and create an unhealthy environment for the building occupant.