Hangar 41, LLC
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Denver, CO 80204
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SUSTAINABILITY
Everything we do at the Hangar has an impact on the environment.  As architects and designers we are fully aware of this fact and try to mitigate that impact in all of our designs.  Sustainable design can be practical and does not have to add a premium to a project.  We have designed a school in South Sudan where local materials and passive systems are used out of necessity.  Some materials need to be manufactured on site and fuel and electrical power is at a premium.  Daylight and natural ventilation are not optional, but mandatory for a building to function properly.  Many of the techniques developed for this environment can be transferred to projects in any modern city.

Much of the Hangar team is LEED accredited and we recently completed construction documents for the Sweetwater County Fire District’s Fire Station #2 in Rock Springs, WY.  This project is designed to achieve a LEED Gold certification.  As a LEED accredited professional and sustainable designer, Derek Price (a Hangar principal) has been the lead coordinator on one LEED Gold project and two additional LEED certified projects.

Our team recognizes that LEED certification is not a goal in and of itself, but Is a tool towards improving the environmental and health performance of the built environment.  Sustainability is a mindset that should be present regardless of the project’s third party certification status.  It must be present from the earliest stages of a project when building placement and orientation can be maximized.  This commitment must carry through to our consultants and into our final design as well.

 

USEFUL LINKS

GREENPRINT DENVER:  http://www.greenprintdenver.org/
A website set up by Denver’s Office of Sustainability.  The mission of Greenprint Denver is to provide leadership and contribute practical solutions to deliver a prosperous, world class community where people and nature thrive.

US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL:  http://www.usgbc.org/
The official site of the US Green Building Council.  Very useful LEED related information

INHABITAT:  http://inhabitat.com/
Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practice, and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE:  http://uli.org/
ULI, The Urban Land Institute, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members.  Founded in 1936, they now have members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private enterprise and public service.

ARCHITECTURE 2030:  http://www.architecture2030.org/2030_challenge/the_2030_challenge
Architecture 2030 is a nonprofit, non-partisan, and independent organization.  It was established in response to the climate change crisis by architect, Edward Mazria in 2002.  2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. and global building sector from the major contributors of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and economic, crises. 

OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY & RENEWABLE ENERGY:  http://energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy
This is great resource for federal government building case studies.

INSTITUTE FOR MARKET TRANSFORMATION:  http://www.imt.org/
The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a Washington, DC based nonprofit organization promoting energy efficiency, green building, and environmental protection in the United States and abroad.

PASSIVE HOUSE ALLIANCE:  http://www.phaus.org/home-page
An organization promoting the Passive House Building Energy Standard.