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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 project and we guide them through the entire process.



LEED Silver

Nine-story luxury apartment building downtown.

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LEED Silver

Headquarters and visitor center for the National Wildlife Refuge.



10-story medical office building  on campus.

See Projects page for full list of projects and clients.


FIRST COST     We look for ways to leverage first costs to lower operations and maintenance expenses, especially with respect to energy and water use. 

INTERIOR ENVIRONMENT     People are better able to thrive when they occupy healthy interior environments. We’re careful to examine the products that go into the interiors of our projects—especially paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and flooring systems. We also encourage the implementation of green cleaning programs to lower emissions from cleaning chemicals.

RESPONSIBLE MATERIAL USE     We’re mindful of ways in which our consumption can lessen the impact on the environment. In particular, we push to divert construction waste from landfills, source wood from sustainable forests, and minimize travel distances (and therefore emissions) for shipped products and materials.

Our sustainability client list includes architecture and engineering firms, owners, and contractors for projects large and small. We have experience diving in at all stages of a project. So whether you’re in the beginning stages of an idea, or you’ve bitten off more than you can chew—we’re happy to help.

SERVICES WE OFFER (tailored to for each project)



  • Design charrettes

  • Guide the implementation of sustainable strategies into the contract documents

  • Review and/or write sustainable specifications

  • Coordinate commissioning



  • Participate in kickoff meeting

  • Visit site to ensure implementation of sustainable strategies and processes

  • Review submittals

  • Regular sustainable strategy documentation review

  • Coordinate commissioning

  • Project closeout documentation



  • Act as point-of-contact with the third-party rating system

  • Coordinate rating system submittals

  • Coordinate rating system comment responses

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