SUSTAIN THE ENVIRONMENT

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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

LEED PROJECTS

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LEED PLATINUM
16
LEED SILVER
projects
2
LEED PLATINUM
project
8
LEED CERTIFIED 
projects 
13
LEED GOLD
projects
30
LEED ACCREDITED
PROFESSIONALS
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FGM Architects LEED® Facts
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Bousfield Hall
LEED Platinum
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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
LEED Silver
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​20% Recycled Content target achieved

75% Construction Waste Diversion target achieved

Low-Emitting Materials utilized

Franklin Park Police
LEED Gold
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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
LEED Silver
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Geothermal system reduces energy costs

Water-efficient landscaping reduces water usage

Natural light integrated into learning environments

Triton College Science & Health Careers
LEED Silver
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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%

Skokie Police
LEED Gold
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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.

Building Orientation

Natural ventilation lowers cooling and ventilation costs and can add to the comfort of the building’s occupants.

Natural Ventilation

Access to daylighting provides user comfort and can save on energy costs

Daylight

Careful selection of systems and products can reduce maintenance costs and increase savings.

Energy Efficiency
Commissioning

A requirement for all major energy codes, commissioning can lead to major reductions in operating costs.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Grants

FGMA assists our clients in identifying grant funding sources that promote sustainable design strategies and can prepare applications and supporting materials for submission.