Sustainability

Home performance and home comfort

Whether your goal is to save money on heating and water bills, to minimize the environmental impact of the building process, or to create an allergen and chemical-free living space- you can take full advantage of our sustainable building expertise.

We are always growing our knowledge in the evolving field of sustainable remodeling, and we will provide you with resources to help you plan for and make informed decisions. For example:

  • Assistance in articulating sustainability-related goals
  • Identify opportunities to lessen environmental impacts
  • Analyze the costs and benefits of implementation
  • Collaborate and coordinate with designers, architects and subcontractors to achieve project goals
  • Apply LEED, Built Green, and other relevant criteria
  • Identify local and federal incentive programs applicable to your project.

Harjo also serves residential and commercial clients in a Sustainability Consulting capacity, typically addressing these various categories and competencies:

Fundamentals of Sustainable Building and Design

  • The case or rationale for sustainable building
  • A view of the current state of sustainable building in the region and nationally
  • The principles of sustainable design

The Importance of Place: Site, Transportation and Land Use Issues

  • Sustainable site design
  • Sustainable site analysis and site assessment
  • Transportation planning, siting, and relationships to sustainability
  • Strategies to achieve sustainable transportation patterns and site development

Energy Efficient Design

  • How the design of building energy systems impacts the human experience and the global environment
  • The value of contextual, holistic approach to building energy system design
  • How a building dynamically interacts with its occupants and the local climate, including renewable energy flows
  • Fundamental building energy systems, including HVAC and lighting

“Green” Materials Selection

  • Factors in material selection and the issue of trade-offs
  • Resources to assist in determining materials appropriateness
  • Analytical process to evaluate materials for a project
  • Material considerations when using the LEED rating program
  • Material considerations when designing a green home

Indoor Environmental Quality & Health

  • Benefits of improving indoor environmental quality
  • Common indoor air pollutants
  • Barriers and solutions to achieving high quality indoor air
  • Implementation issues to help achieve high quality indoor air
  • Ventilation system design strategies
  • Linkages between health, well-being, and productivity
  • Physical, psychological, and financial benefits of daylight and view

Water and Site Design

  • Benefits of adopting a natural systems-based approach
  • Sustainable site development patterns
  • Impact reduction through landscape layout, plant selection and placement
  • Outdoor water conservation strategies and practices
  • On-site management methods for storm water and wastewater
  • Indoor water conservation

Sustainable Job Site Operations

  • Construction waste management, site protection, and IAQ protection
  • Incorporating sustainable building materials
  • Planning and practices for sustainable construction
  • Building Commission (Cx), what it is, how it is accomplished, and its critical importance to the performance of a building
  • Effective operations and maintenance
  • Effective training programs within a building