SUSTAIN THE ENVIRONMENT
Resilient communities foster environmental stewardship.
Incorporating an effective and well-considered level of sustainable design in a project is a means
to energy savings, increased occupant comfort, and stewardship of our natural resources. FGM Architects
recommends an approach that is attuned to each project’s program, budget, and overall goals.
River Trails School District
Prairie Trails Early Learning Center
First PK-12 Renovation Project in the U.S. to receive PHIUS Design Certification for Net Zero Building
River Trails School District 26 | Prairie Trails Early Learning Center
PHIUS + Certified Project
FGM Architects LEED® Facts
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Bousfield Hall
20% targets achieved for both Recycled Content and Regional Materials
30% Reduction in Water Usage
Energy performance optimized with Heat Recovery Chiller
Southern Illinois University Carbondale TEC
20% Recycled Content target achieved
75% Construction Waste Diversion target achieved
Low-Emitting Materials utilized
Franklin Park Police
Geothermal loops and an energy-efficient HVAC system
Natural daylight and occupancy sensors reduce artificial lighting usage
Tours offered to school and community groups to demonstrate sustainability strategies
Paris High School
Geothermal system reduces energy costs
Water-efficient landscaping reduces water usage
Natural light integrated into learning environments
Triton College Science & Health Careers
Indoor Air Quality Management during Construction and before Occupancy
Over 75% of wood-based materials are certified by Forest Stewardship Council
Energy Cost Savings estimated at 23%
Reused or recycled existing building
Courtyard design promotes use of natural light
Rainwater, gathered in cistern, used for irrigation
FIVE KEY STRATEGIES
A building’s orientation and location on the site can provide passive benefits in terms of solar heat gain and energy consumption.
Natural ventilation lowers cooling and ventilation costs and can add to the comfort of the building’s occupants.
Access to daylighting provides user comfort and can save on energy costs
Careful selection of systems and products can reduce maintenance costs and increase savings.
A requirement for all major energy codes, commissioning can lead to major reductions in operating costs.
FGMA assists our clients in identifying grant funding sources that promote sustainable design strategies and can prepare applications and supporting materials for submission.