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> master planning  
Planning from an environmental standpoint takes into consideration the wider community context, overall watershed and stormwater issues, buildable vs. non-buildable areas and connections to existing pedestrian and transportation infrastructure and seeks to improve the integration of uses rather than continue to fragment them. Issues of future expansion, energy requirements, circulation and regeneration beyond the site lead to a more dynamic masterplan and one that can evolve as conditions change.

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> sustainable site design and analysis
Ideally the choice of the site itself is a critical determinant. Brownfield sites are preferable over greenfields sites when feasible. Issues of stormwater integration, habitat restoration, community and pedestrian connections all become formative criteria along with solar and wind access, parking and hard surface reduction and overall site regeneration. Buildable versus non buildable areas are clearly established and the general layout and orientation of the buildings can then be determined 

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> sustainable building design

Once a suitable site has been located and the site analyzed, space programming then establishes the owner’s needs. At this point a LEED™ Charrette is recommended to look at all the aspects of site, water, energy, materials and indoor air quality, daylighting and views before actual design commences. The results of this Charrette then become the Design Goals for the project.

Building orientation, positioning on the site and massing all help establish both the aesthetics and performance of the building. Through the process of Integrated Design, H+B and the design team set out to identify as many opportunities for sustainable features before design begins. These are then evaluated and those that meet the cost and client criteria are incorporated.

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> green interior design
Green materials, good indoor air quality, daylighting, natural ventilation and connection to the outdoors, all affect the character of interior space. The cumulative effect of well-designed green interiors has been shown to have significant effects on productivity, information retention, absenteeism and health. H+B combines their expertise in all these areas to provide interior design services that are well designed, meet budget and are beneficial to the occupants and the environment.

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> green materials analysis
As architects and specifiers, H+B must be able to quickly and effectively determine the value and performance of new materials as they appear. We keep an ongoing materials portfolio for each project, evaluate performance in the field and keep up to date on product reviews and issues.

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> green specifications
As part of our sustainable design consulting or as part of a project, H+B provides tested, current green specifications per 3-part Masterspec format. Our expertise focuses on the practical and reliable application of new and existing systems and materials.

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> daylighting design/analysis
As part of our sustainable design consulting or as part of a project, H+B provides tested, current green specifications per 3-part Masterspec format. Our expertise focuses on the practical and reliable application of new and existing systems and materials.

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> energy analysis
Together with daylighting analysis, energy analysis looks at the building shell, HVAC systems, natural ventilation, electrical and plumbing systems and seeks to minimize energy use over an established baseline. The optimization of design and systems can save both on initial construction costs by reducing the size of HVAC equipment and save on operating costs for the facility. This latter cost reduction can typically be paid off over time.

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> building commissioning
Fundamental Building Commissioning is a prerequisite of LEED™ Certification. Total Building Commissioning takes the process a step further and looks at the building envelope and all the interrelated systems. TBCx begins at the conceptual state and extends all the way though construction to facilities operations and maintenance. Advantages to the owner include a direct report to the owner on the original functional goals of the building design, reduced change orders during construction and better operations after occupancy.

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> cost analysis
Whether using Lifecycle cost analysis (LCCA) or Lifecycle Analysis (LCA), H+B can provide quantifiable recommendations on materials, components and systems based on their costs, return on investment and their wider energy, community and environmental effect.

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> LEED™ Analysis and Certification

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) green building rating system serves a variety of roles in the design process. LEED™ has become a structure from which options for design are discussed, evaluated and implemented if they meet the desired criteria, which can include cost, return on investment and environmental performance.

The process by which this can be accomplished is an all day Design Charrette; the results of which become a roadmap of the design goals to be incorporated into the project. This can also serve as the basis for eventual project certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. A rating is then established after the building is occupied.

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> rendering, modeling and graphics

As part of our prototype approach to design, H+B can provide simple or detailed 3-D computer models, animations and videos for study and/or presentation purposes.

Photomontage, hand renderings and project related graphics are also available as needed. Graphic design is a critical part of conveying architectural design intent and H+B places a high value in the professional image of all of their products

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> sustainable program management
Through their expertise in Sustainable Design and range of services, H+B can plug into a larger Program Management Team and provide recommendations, structure, language and project review for larger programs where green design or LEED™ certification is an established goal.

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