Sustainable Design

DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design is committed to incorporating sustainable development principles and strategies into the design of every project as a means to reduce our impact on the environment. Our strategy for sustainable and resource efficient buildings is an integrated approach that starts at the beginning of each project with consideration of the building form, siting/exposure, envelope, materials of construction, systems and equipment. We advocate the use of sustainable building practices as a matter of course, through the reuse of building elements and facilities, the use of efficient and sustainable energy systems and technologies, and the incorporation of renewable or recycled materials.

DUBBELDAM has broad experience researching and incorporating passive and active sustainable design solutions into projects, educating clients about the options for sustainable initiatives and weighing the short and long term benefits. Our projects result in a reduced carbon footprint, lower operating costs, better health conditions for users and improved occupant comfort levels. DUBBELDAM is a member of the Canada Green Building Council, Sustainable Buildings Canada, are adopters of the Architecture 2030 Challenge, and have first-hand experience with the most current sustainable initiatives used in North America. The inclusion of sustainable measures in projects allows the practice to continually produce cost effective, energy efficient, healthy environments for live, work, and play.

Implemented sustainable technologies:

  • Program and Spatial Optimization
  • High Performance Building Envelope Design
  • Passive Solar Heating
  • Solar Hot Water and Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) Systems
  • Natural Daylighting Strategies
  • Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling Strategies
  • Advanced Geothermal Systems
  • Radiant Heating
  • Heat Recovery Ventilation
  • Wastewater Treatment (Greywater and Septic Systems)
  • Wastewater Heat Recovery
  • Rainwater Collection and Reuse
  • Water Conserving Appliances and Fixtures
  • Non-toxic, Renewable, Reclaimed, and Recycled Materials and Finishes
  • Low Energy Lighting and Appliances
  • Green Roof Systems
  • Wind Power