From a very green architect’s desk:
Today’s architectural income was not dependent on market gyrations, or the usual fluctuations in stock evaluations– just smart bottom line directive. “Green” as it is called these days, was called smart, and just plain savvy in the past. One thing for sure, this type of investment returns profit many times over when compared to the return on Wall Street.
Today the press their publications are too open, glossing over an overused term in US. While the name has changed, the services have not. Green is not always what companies claim it is. Instead of 15 to 20% improvement, those of us in the architecture and engineering field want to see and provide an 85% improvement. We truly wish to create HIGH return on investment now and in the future.
Most corporations lack an overall view, which combines health, lessening absenteeism, diminishing the hiring of new people (hugely profitable but almost never included in building design evaluation) efficiency in all buildings (easier to quantify without the health aspect), transportation, and production (which is the most scientifically studied aspect). The Bank of America tower in NY City is perhaps one of the only buildings trying to it all.
I propose to give a short overview evaluation in about one month’s worth of hours. This means 150 or so spread over 4 months time. This leaves a decent amount of time to think things through thoroughly (very economical to say the least). This can then be followed by precision consultants in each sector identified as potential for both immediate and long-term profit.
From my website one can see a few green architectural projects ranging from 1000 sq ft to 10 million, all of which I have single-handedly been in charge of in terms of high designer and project architect. What cannot be shown are the professional services that I have done during and before these architecture projects. Those professional services have enhanced my ability to understand and provide a quality green architectural service to my clients, with the consistent approval of each client.
Many of the high-end architectural projects (even when done with a tight budget) were ended right at the time of full documentation due to markets collapsing. Of course, that is something that is beyond our control.
Tapani Talo, AIA