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Designing for the Future: Sustainability Consultants What They Do & Why You Need One

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

As concerns about climate change and environmental sustainability continue to grow, many individuals and organizations are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the planet. One area where this is particularly important is in the design and construction of buildings. That's where an architectural Sustainability Consultant comes in.


What is a Sustainability Consultant?


An architectural sustainability consultant specializes in helping architects, builders, and building owners design and construct buildings that are environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient. They work with their clients to identify ways to reduce the environmental impact of their buildings, from minimizing energy use and reducing waste to using eco-friendly materials and incorporating renewable energy sources.



Why Hire A Sustainability Consultant?


Here are just a few reasons:


  • Improve your building's energy efficiency: An architectural sustainability consultant can help you identify ways to make your building more energy-efficient, such as by installing energy-efficient lighting, heating, and cooling systems or by improving insulation.

  • Reduce your environmental impact: By using eco-friendly materials and reducing waste during construction, an architectural sustainability consultant can help you reduce the environmental impact of your building.

  • Save money: Building an environmentally sustainable building can also help you save money in the long run. By reducing your energy use, you can lower your utility bills, and using durable materials can reduce maintenance costs over time.

  • Attract tenants or customers: Many people today are looking for environmentally sustainable buildings to live or work in, so having a building that is certified as sustainable can help attract tenants or customers who share those values.

  • Meet regulatory requirements: Many cities and municipalities have regulations requiring buildings to meet specific environmental standards. An architectural sustainability consultant can help ensure that your building meets those requirements.


Overall, hiring a Sustainability Consultant can help you create an environmentally sustainable building, energy-efficient, cost-effective, and attractive to tenants or customers.



Choose Jones Design Studio


Jones Design Studio is a women-led design firm committed to promoting equity and environmental stewardship in all of its projects. We firmly believe that good design has an impact that extends beyond the boundaries of a project and considers the long-term consequences of its work on clients' lives, communities, and the environment.


JDS understands the importance of considering sustainability and the environment in every project and strives to make a positive contribution to society while maintaining a high standard of design excellence.

Primary Areas of Focus:

  • First Cost: We utilize initial expenses to reduce ongoing operations and maintenance costs, particularly in energy and water consumption​.

  • Interior Environment: We understand that individuals can flourish in healthy indoor environments. Therefore, we take great care to scrutinize the materials used in the interior of our projects, with particular attention given to paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and flooring systems. Additionally, we advocate for the adoption of eco-friendly cleaning programs that can reduce emissions from cleaning chemicals.

  • Responsible material use: Our efforts include diverting construction waste from landfills, sourcing wood from sustainable forests, and minimizing emissions resulting from product and material transportation by choosing suppliers located closer to the construction site.


.At JDS, we guide project teams through the complexities of sustainable strategy implementation and certification with the following third-party rating systems:

  • LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations

  • LEED for Existing Buildings

  • Green Globes for New Construction

  • Green Globes for Continuous Improvement of Existing Buildings

  • Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings

  • Living Building Challenge

We are also subject matter experts in implementing federal sustainability requirements beyond the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings, including UFC 1-200-02. We regularly assist our clients in selecting the best rating system for their projects and guide them through the entire process.


We take pride in working with a diverse group of clients in the sustainability industry, ranging from architecture and engineering firms to owners and contractors of big and small projects.


With our extensive experience, we can assist you at any stage of your project, whether you're just starting to conceptualize your idea or facing unexpected challenges. We are always ready and eager to lend a helping hand. Contact us today.

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