From planning and design to construction and occupancy, Argento/Graham provides a streamlined LEED consulting experience by managing and supporting the power of your team to achieve LEED certification. We take advantage of existing site and design features to build a strong foundation of sustainability, then create customized sustainability solutions that will enhance and complement your project vision. Our team at Argento/Graham has collaborated on a wide variety of project types, including commercial, multi-family, hospitality, core and shell, retail, and tenant improvement, and we’ve helped our clients achieve project goals from basic LEED Certified to double LEED Platinum.
CALGREEN & TITLE 24 CONSULTING
The California Green Building Standards Code (Title 24, Part 11), or CALGreen, came into effect in January 2011. Today all new buildings in California, and some additions and alterations, are subject to CALGreen requirements. Argento/Graham will determine the state mandated level of CALGreen compliance based on the scope of your project. Next, we will analyze and apply any local CALGreen amendments, development agreement conditions, or other green building code requirements. By identifying the full range of green building requirements for your project, Argento/Graham can consolidate and simplify compliance documentation for easy integration into project documents. We are with you through initial plan check, requests for clarification, and construction verification.
As the booming development of housing projects in metropolitan areas across the country races to address housing shortages, HERS testing helps verify that residential projects are operating as efficiently as intended. Argento/Graham’s HERS Raters can reduce costs for tenants and landlords alike while helping cities move towards their energy efficiency goals for residential projects. In addition to state requirements, HERS rating is also required for some projects pursuing LEED for Homes certification. HERS rating can also help multifamily projects seek incentives from utilities.
The WELL Building Standard is the first building standard to focus exclusively on the relationship between buildings and human wellness by looking at seven main categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Human wellbeing and environmental sustainability go hand in hand, so WELL and LEED are natural partners for building projects on the cutting edge of innovation. Our team of WELL APs recognize that people spend more than 90% of their time inside buildings and as such the quality of indoor environments is crucial to health and wellbeing.
COMMISSIONING & RETRO-COMMISSIONING
Commissioning is a quality assurance process intended to systematically verify that building systems are designed, installed, operated, and maintained to meet the building’s operational needs according to the owner’s requirements. Though it is often considered as a process that occurs around construction completion, commissioning can maximize its value when the oversight process begins during design and continues well after occupancy. The Argento/Graham team has a breadth of experience providing CALGreen-, LEED Fundamental and Enhanced-, and retro- commissioning services for industrial, commercial, multi-family, hospitality, core and shell, retail, and tenant improvement projects. Our commissioning process consistently results in operational cost savings from reduced energy and water waste, increased indoor air quality and occupant comfort, and reduced maintenance time and cost.
Our team at Argento/Graham believes that using energy modeling to inform design decisions is one of the most cost-effective ways to optimize functionality, energy efficiency, and occupant satisfaction for building systems. Energy modeling has the greatest impact when used early in design, but we can efficiently integrate energy modeling into any stage of the process to analyze and inform the project direction. Energy Modeling is even part of California's Title 24, Part 6 building code. Argento/Graham can help your project harness the power of energy modeling for LEED certification, code compliance, or simply as best practice to produce a high-performance building.
Energy & Water Audits
ENERGY STAR Benchmarking (including EBEWE)
Green Building Workshops