SUSTAINABLE DESIGN PERFORMANCE VISION

The built environment is a substantial contributor to a variety of environmental and heath impact. Lake|Flato strives to create restorative environments that reduce carbon emissions and enhance our understanding and relationship to the natural world. Lake|Flato’s work reflects the belief that sustainability and design are two sides of the same coin — balanced, integrated, and inseparable. We strive for a healthy, coherent, place-based approach to building. This vision has resulted in Lake|Flato leading the industry with 13 AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Awards, the industry’s best-known award program for sustainable design excellence, as well as multiple LEED certifications. Design performance provides a clear path to achieving this vision by integrating design with building performance, technology, research, and innovation. 

 

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Their work demonstrates that beauty and sustainability are not mutually exclusive and that our future depends upon our rediscovering how we once built and what we once valued: humility and honesty, respect and restraint.
Thomas Fisher
Educator and Author, University of Minnesota
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Post Occupancy Evaluation

Real-time feedback helps occupants understand the impact of their behavior on the building’s resource consumption, thus often reducing consumption. Lake|Flato is committed to tracking and reporting our post-occupancy data to help reflect and improve our designs.

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Carbon and Resource Efficiency

Lake|Flato is committed to the efficient and thoughtful use of our world’s resources. We design high performing buildings that use less energy, reduce the embodied carbon impacts of building materials, and conserve water. The ultimate goal is for all our projects to have a positive impact on the world’s resources.

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Health and Wellness

The built environment can profoundly impact the health and well-being of people. We seek to enhance connections to nature, improve air quality and access to daylight. Lake|Flato’s unique approach to human-centered environments and biophilic design seeks to positively affect both human and ecological well-being.

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Integrated Design Process

Lake|Flato is committed to exploring design performance in all project phases with the help of our design performance team and expert consultants. We utilize an integrated design process where all team members, including the building owner and users, help develop a shared vision and goals that celebrate and support sustain

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