Sustainablity

SUSTAINABILITY IN ARCHITECTURE

Poss has a strong commitment to the environment and sustainability. This commitment is reflected not only in our collaborative design process of creating efficient buildings, but also with a holistic outlook that begins with the initial planning stages and continues on through long term operation strategies. This integrated approach strives for the highest level of design to ensure the most comfortable, healthy, pleasing, and environmentally conscious built environments possible. Our staff includes several LEED Accredited Professionals as well as our own in house sustainability team, whose task it is to continually strive to improve our environmental commitment in our designs and stay current with new and changing technologies and products. At Poss, integrating our client’s wishes with the most appropriate level of sustainability is just part of what we do to provide the highest quality of service.

FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY

Process

What is sustainability?
Our first task is to define sustainability for us and for you:
• Sustainable design is creating buildings that are in harmony with
the environment
• Efficient use and conservation of energy and water
• Effective building siting
• Efficient use and thoughtful selection of materials
• Safe, healthy, comfortable, and pleasant indoor environmental
environment

What is your sustainability program?
Next, we establish the sustainability program for your project by:
• Listening to your desires and goals
• Evaluating if higher level of sustainability is appropriate
• Integrating selected sustainability program into project

How will we achieve your sustainable program?
Finally, we have a number of in house tools and an established
design process to help accomplish your program:
• Poss Standard of Sustainability
• Poss Flow Chart with integrated Sustainability Guidelines
• Poss Sustainability Committee
• Early collaborative design process with team members
• Holistic outlook
• Ability to achieve any level sustainability
• Continual updates and revisions as necessary to
sustainable program

MATERIALS STANDARD

Substructure

• Evaluate re-use of existing foundations
• Utilize Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) wherever possible Formwork
with a minimum of 10%  post-consumer or 20% pre-consumer content
• Design at least 50% of perimeter walls to utilize 2’ increments
• Evaluate potential for using recycled aggregate in concrete
• Utilize minimum 20% fly ash in concrete
• Non-asphalt based waterproofing
• Steel reinforcing with minimum of 25% recycled content

Shell

• Engineered floor and roof systems instead of dimensional lumber
• Low Toxic OSB instead of plywood in sub-floors
• Evaluate alternatives to wood-framed construction – SIPs, ICFs, masonry, etc.
• If stick built, utilize 90% FSC certified lumber for > 90% framing
• Utilize insulated headers, except for exceptional loads
• Utilize reclaimed heavy timbers
• Utilize reclaimed or recycled content decking
• Utilize minimum 25 year roofing materials
• Utilize roofing materials with recycled content – minimum dependent upon type
• Full coverage (i.e. 100% of roof), self-healing waterproof underlayment

Interiors
• Natural fiber or 50% recycled content carpet
• Natural latex or 50% recycled-content carpet pad
• No tropical hardwoods; emphasis on bamboo, cork or other rapidly
renewable product
• Ceramic tile to have 50% recycled content
• Millwork to be either domestic wood from reclaimed sources
or SFI / FSC certified

Equipment and Furnishings
• Sustainable approach to furnishings in consultation with
Interior Designer

Special Construction and Demolition
• Investigate re-use of any existing elements
• All appliances and plumbing fixtures salvaged
• Investigate feasibility of salvaging doors, windows, cabinetry,
heavy timbers, etc
• Recycle at least one major element (wood, metal, or concrete)

Building Site Work
• Minimize importing fill and exportig excavation on-site
• Utilize fenced protection of existing trees to be retained
at drip line