At IGW, we are sensitive to the substantial impact that buildings have on the environment and search for solutions which contribute to both human well-being and the continuing health of our global ecosystem. For the planet, green building offers the promise of dramatically lowered air pollution, improved surface water quality, and the preservation of habitat and natural resources for future generations. For the built environment, sustainable design means ecologically-based site selection and development, minimizing non-renewable energy consumption, conserving and protecting water, reducing construction waste, using environmentally preferred materials, enhancing indoor environmental quality and optimizing operational and maintenance practices.
Sustainable design strategies and green building techniques are routinely applied to every project at IGW and result in a range of benefits to owners and occupants from lower operational costs to a more comfortable, healthy and productive environment. First costs of green buildings are not necessarily higher than conventional construction as sustainable design involves a range of choices that can be evaluated against project criteria. Some strategies, like building orientation, cool roofs, the use of recycled materials or native landscaping cost the same or less than conventional choices and can easily be incorporated. Other strategies, such as permeable paving, improved mechanical system efficiency or renewable energy systems, may involve higher capital costs but provide significant longer-term operational paybacks and can be evaluated on that basis.