Buildings that serve their owners and occupants well also serve the future of our planet. From the materials used to build them to the resources used to warm and cool them, from the waste produced in construction to the emissions they produce, buildings have a profound effect on the environment. Our charge is to assure that our building projects are environmentally responsible and to create healthy places in which to learn or play, govern or protect.
In 1998, the U.S. Green Building Council developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program; since that time, LEED certification has become the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. LEED-certified buildings are characterized by lower operating costs, the reduced amount of waste sent to landfills, conservation of water and energy, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and increased valuation as assets.
Even before the development of the LEED certification process, FGM advocated many of the principles of sustainable design. Our design processes have always incorporated the conservation of materials, waste reduction strategies and energy conservation. Now we apply the LEED rating system to the majority of our projects, even when our clients may not be pursuing formal LEED certification, because we are committed to designing with the most sustainable methodologies if it fits our clients’ needs.
FGM has numerous LEED Accredited Professionals, and the firm is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. We continually invest in education and training so every member of our staff is well-versed in the principles of sustainable design and these principles are incorporated into every phase of our projects. Our commitment to enhancing communities is a commitment to buildings that are healthy—for their occupants, for the bottom line and for the future of the planet.