Sustainable Design & Green Engineering
"Sustainable Design" or "Green Engineering" includes a planned engineering design approach that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable Design is more than a passing fad. It is a fundamental part of engineering design in today’s society. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has incorporated Sustainable Design goals in their Fundamental Cannons. Cardno TBE is equally committed to Sustainable Design as demonstrated in our corporate Vision and Mission Statements.
Sustainable Design involves a careful balance between three driving factors.
Economics - balancing today’s construction costs with operational and social costs.
Society - designing projects that do not compromise the integrity of surrounding areas or those of future generations.
Environment - working within natural systems instead of against them by choosing materials and design approaches to protect the environment.
Cardno TBE works closely with Architects who incorporate sustainable design into building components, including LEED certified projects. Examples of Sustainable Design in site, landscape and infrastructure design provided by Cardno TBE include:
Stormwater Quality Enhancements
Erosion Control Features
Open Space Design
Pervious Parking Surfaces
Pedestrian and Bicycle Features
Recycled Landscape Mulches
Smaller Development Footprints
Dry Stormwater Areas as Amenities
Less Utility Impacts
Less Site Disturbance
Light Pollution Avoidance
Site Feature Optimization
Innovative Water/Wastewater Treatment
Consideration of Light Orientation
Benefits of Sustainable Design include:
Lower Life Cycle Costs (irrigation, power, maintenance, etc)
Restoration and Protection of the Environment
Better Working Environments for Occupants
Creation of Drought Tolerant Landscaping
Reduction of Waste Material and Disposal Costs