What A.R.E. members are doing
Bergmeyer, based in Boston, incorporates environmental responsibility, high-performance design,
building systems integration, and sustainability
into its work. A USGBC member, the firm has 24
LEED APs and hosts LEED training exercises. The
firm has signed on to the American Institute of
Architect’s 2030 Commitment program to target
carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.
Bergmeyer engages employees to think about
how the organization consumes resources and to
motivate vendors to reduce their impact. Strategies
include using paperless options for many documents and communications; using suppliers
engaged in sustainability initiatives; encouraging
employees to print less, reuse kitchen dishware,
and take alternate transportation to work; repurposing architectural samples; and ensuring that
the firm’s plant operates in an energy-efficient
manner. Bergmeyer worked with the building
owner to create a recycling program. The firm’s
office is designed and operated to meet LEED
Gold standards with such features as minimally
finished flooring with a low-VOC sealant, demountable partitions for flexibility and reusability, locally
sourced furniture, and individual lighting controls.
Office energy usage and waste is tracked.
Continuing the company’s sustainability efforts,
idX Louisville began recycling solid wood waste
earlier this year. The company’s Louisville/
Panel Works facility installed a new Vecoplan
Shredder, which allows the facility to recycle solid
wood waste. The waste is then sold to a major
recycling company that repurposes it for use as
boiler fuel pellets and industrial spill kits. With
the combined solid waste/sawdust program, idX
Louisville/Panel Works expects to recycle an estimated 19,000 tons (over 38 million pounds) of
wood waste annually.
At Gyford StandOff Systems®, based in Reno, Nev.,
the company’s manufacturing operations incorporate T5 high-output lighting, motion sensors for
lighting, energy-reducing machinery, rotary screw
air compressors, mist collector exhaust systems,
and programmed thermostats to reduce energy
use. The company manufactures from U.S. recycled aluminum and recycles scrap metals, damaged parts, QA rejects, solids, and shavings, as
well as e-waste and toner products, aluminum,
glass, plastic, and paper containers from staff
Southfield, Mich.-based JGA worked in collaboration with Future Research Design Company (FRDC)
in designing a store in Mumbai, India, for lifestyle shoe retailer Tashi by Tata International. Interior
materials, methodology, and designs comply with LEED. Where possible, existing materials were
reused and imports minimized. Leather waste from shoe manufacturing was used to create leather
wall finishes in the store.
The focus on sustainability began with site selection, targeting locations in proximity to community services. Tashi’s staff is encouraged to recycle, with all paper waste recycled/reused. Energy-efficient lighting sources are used throughout the space, and solar panels supply 30 percent of
the store’s required energy.