For 19six Architects, stainability is not a political issue but one of simple, good design. 19six begins all projects with a common understanding that good sustainable design should not cost more and should provide a significant return on your investment. What this means is that we design our facilities based on the LEED or CHPS checklist, regardless of goals of certification, and focus on using common sense passive systems first like orienting the building properly, selecting low-emitting materials with recycled content, natural ventilation, and day lighting, etc.
Through a collaborative process, we strike a balance between green design principles, material and systems selection, and life cycle cost analysis. We work closely with our clients to analyze the return on their investment with respect to up-front, short-term and long-term costs to ensure they get design solutions that are unique to the educational program, local aesthetic, environmental characteristics of the site, and the bottom line.
Since sustainable design is a focus of our approach to every project, 19six has extensive data on life cycle cost analysis and has presented at numerous industry conferences throughout the State including Coalition for Adequate School Housing, Community College Facility Coalition, and Green California Educational Summit. In fact, 19six was recognized for our work in education and received the Industry Leadership Award for Commitment to Sustainability at the Green California Educational Summit in Pasadena, California in November of 2009.