Sustainable building result from a holistic approach to reducing energy consumption, improving building longevity and lowering operational expenses with sound building sciences.
Allana Buick & Bers (ABBAE) aims to increase building sustainability through improving the lifespan of buildings, increasing energy efficiency, reducing weather related damage and decreasing building maintenance costs. Increasing a building’s lifespan has a long-term positive impact on air quality, carbon footprint, eventual landfill volume, and it saves money. The services and deliverables we offer include:
- LEED Consultation
- LED lighting design to save energy
- Mechanical and HVAC Optimization
- Improving longevity through better weatherization
- Sustainable Roofing, waterproofing and façade
- Energy efficient and long lasting windows and doors
Green buildings are no longer just an environmental statement. The new International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and California Building Energy Conservation Code (CBECC) require buildings to be more energy efficient. Buildings are now required to be more air tight, have more energy efficient glazing systems and better exterior envelope insulation, and plan for solar and renewable power sources.
While energy efficiency laws are becoming more stringent with every new code, building longevity is not required by law or dictated by code. As a result, lifespans of many building components are failing due to economic pressures and poor construction practices. ABBAE believes that long lasting buildings work hand and glove along with energy efficient buildings to achieve sustainability. Longevity of buildings is often dependent on decay and damage from sun, rain, wind and weatherization. The building exteriors take the brunt of the damage from weatherization and increasing the energy efficiency and durability of the exterior envelope is the key to sustainable buildings.
Poor choice of exterior building materials and subpar construction practices lead to premature building failures and increase building ownership and operational cost, energy consumption, disposal and landfill volume, in addition to leaving a larger carbon footprint. Long lasting, durable buildings require fewer repairs, consuming fewer resources in the process.