Green design has many cross-disciplinary aspects that are best approached as an integrated design team. The decisions that are made early in a project usually have the greatest benefit and are easier to incorporate into the project.

Establishing the client’s green priorities with the project team is the first step, from which green strategies can be implemented to fit the defined goals. We can assist by facilitating an Integrated Design Process early in the design stages.

Solterre Design's experience as a Sustainable Design consultant includes:

  • LEED for New Construction & Major Renovation and Core & Shell facilitation and design;
  • LEED For Homes builder and designer;
  • Review all phases of schematic design, design development, construction drawings and construction administration with respect to environmental  and / or certification principles;
  • Sustainable design charette for Owners and Designers;
  • Specification review and writing;
  • Site inspections;
  • Comparative material selection criteria and green materials database;
  • Construction waste management and occupant waste strategies;
  • Super insulated envelope design;
  • Development of green building education material: brochures, posters, case study, graphic design, tour facilitation.

Solterre's philosophy is to work with the client to develop economically feasible strategies for maximizing energy efficiency and sustainable design solutions. Experience has shown that green design, and highly energy efficient buildings can be built for little or no additional capital cost when the decisions are made early in the process by an integrated design team.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) promotes a holistic approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health, which include sustainable site development , water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Credits and Prerequisites are organized into these five categories. LEED Certification is based on the total point score achieved in these five areas, following an independent review. With four possible levels of certification (certified, silver, gold and platinum), LEED is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of green building strategies that best fit the constraints and goals of particular projects.

Keith Robertson is at the helm of Solterre Design’s team of LEED Consultants. As Nova Scotia’s first LEED accredited architect, his expertise and passion for green initiatives have resulted in 13 LEED certified projects in Atlantic Canada to date and more than 60 LEED registered projects throughout Canada.

Solterre Design’s sustainable consulting experience includes a full range and size of building types including: single-family residential, recreational, healthcare, educational, military, multi-residential, office, industrial, transportation and laboratory. Services provided for the facilitation of LEED standards, from concept to certification, include:

  • Facilitation of integrated design sessions and sub-trade coordination meetings;
  • Incorporation and review of LEED requirements;
  • Construction waste management planning;
  • Indoor air quality planning;
  • Innovation in design strategies;
  • Request for Proposal (RFP) evaluation;
  • Credit Interpretation Requests (CIRs);
  • Coordination between the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the design and construction teams.

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