Design for Zero and Beyond: Opportunities to Create Future-Relevant Solutions
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Best Green Project Award (2014)
AGC of DC
Associated General Contractors of Metro Washington
Best Green Project Award of Merit (2014)
The Sustainable Advantage
Being “green” is no longer novel. Building sustainable structures is simply the right thing to do — right for the environment and right for business. Sustainable building projects routinely produce greater marketability, higher employee productivity and improved building efficiencies. To assist owners in developing and implementing the best strategies, DPR combines experienced people, a collaborative methodology and custom tools to help customers address the triple bottom line: environmental, social and economic.
Watch the videos below and read The Path to Net-Zero Energy to learn about how DPR “walked the sustainability walk” with our Phoenix regional office and how it became the world’s largest office building to achieve net-zero energy building certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).
It was then replaced as the “world’s largest” ILFI-certified net-zero building by another DPR project (this time, it was ground up construction): The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters.
A Proven Team for Different Shades of Green
From inception to completion, we have repeatedly demonstrated the value of having knowledgeable resources in-house and readily available to fit specific customers’ needs. Ranging from light to dark green, DPR’s portfolio of sustainable projects consists of nearly 150 LEED® certified projects worth more than $3 billion. DPR’s LEED®-accredited professionals, located in every office across the country, not only have practical green project experience but also continuously research and implement the latest green building practices and techniques to further improve sustainability.
Custom Tools to Enhance the Process
Understanding and evaluating cost premiums for various sustainable strategies are essential to any green building project. Imagine the advantage of having current first costs and life cycle data at a very conceptual phase of a project — even before start of design. DPR’s greenBook, a custom application, helps teams determine with a higher level of certainty which sustainability measures make the most sense for a specific project’s goals. Using greenBook, DPR provides detailed cost data and identifies the “break-even” point based on estimated design and construction costs and anticipated operational savings. greenBook is also used to analyze various LEED rating systems and levels of certifications from the earliest stages of preconstruction through project completion.
DPR Living Labs
One of DPR’s goals is to have “a proven track record of being environmentally responsible in the way we do business.” Our passion for sustainability extends to what we build and how we run our regional offices and jobsites. In fact, DPR’s Sacramento location was the first privately owned office building in California’s Central Valley to achieve LEED® certification in 2003. Also, in 2011, DPR’s San Diego office became the first and only commercial office in San Diego to achieve both net-zero energy status and LEED for New Construction (NC) Platinum certification. In 2013, DPR’s LEED®-NC Platinum Phoenix office became the first building in Arizona to achieve net-zero energy certification from the ILFI.
You can see the up-to-the-minute energy and water usage for several of our offices by checking out our Lucid Building Dashboards. Along with treating our offices as living labs for sustainability, we have instituted many other in-house initiatives, including:
- Carbon reduction: DPR joined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders in 2006 and committed to reduce company-wide greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent per employee by 2015. By tracking our carbon footprint and implementing reduction strategies, we have already reduced emissions by 10 percent per employee. See our most recent GHG Emissions Inventory Verification Report here, and annual trending data here.
- Green offices and jobsites: DPR tracks energy use at offices and jobsites through the EPA’s Energy Star program, implementing green purchasing and cleaning practices.