We believe that design can improve quality of life.
Intuitive, curious and passionate, we create design solutions that are a unique for each project.
Inspired by our clients we are creating healthy sustainable communities for the future.
Every project can have sustainable aspects regardless of the budget. With construction costs that are competitive with those utilizing conventional building techniques and the promise of reduced life-cycle costs, green buildings represent not only a socially responsible choice, but also a good financial investment.
Sustainable also means “build to last” and “built to work with nature”.
Improved energy usage is highly beneficial in buildings, especially those that are used all through the day and year round. These buildings are a very visible part of the community and the can set a great example for environmental stewardship and sustainable design. Insight focuses primarily on sustainability in schools, workplace, living and recreational facilities.
1. Preserving of Natural Resources: Using local rapidly renewable, recycled or biodegradable materials, in addition to the reduction of construction waste – which also lowers building cost.
2. Reduces Energy consumption and water use: A better build building is cheaper and easier to maintain, lasts longer and protects the indoor environment better from the elements, precisely because it works with nature and not against it.
3. Enhanced Indoor Environment: Breathing good air is essential for our health. Spaces flooded with daylight improve our physical and psychological well-being. Flexible multipurpose spaces allow for multiple functions to occur, saving built square footage and using the building all through the day.
4. Optimization of the heating and cooling systems:
Commissioning, metering and monitoring the energy use and performance of a building can save in maintenance and operating costs. Alternative heating and cooling systems should be considered depending on location and climate.
5. LEED certifiable or LEED certified?
There can be tangible benefits to certifying your building as opposed to simply incorporating sustainable features. The client, design and construction team are held to a clear standard by an independent third party, therefore raising the “green” level of your building. You are also required to report how well your building performs in the first five years of operations which will help tracking your success and compare your performance with other, similar buildings. Finally, you have a diploma for your building and it speaks to the public about your commitment to building green.
6. Educational and Community value:
Sustainable buildings are becoming the norm which shows that we as a community, value and understand the responsibility we have towards the world we leave to our children. Green buildings, especially community green buildings, are excellent opportunities for a hands-on environmental science lab.