We hold ourselves accountable to preserve non-renewable resources with our ability to design innovative solutions at the leading edge of building sciences.
DBR’s 50-Zero Initiative
For almost 50 years, DBR has been engineering building systems to create healthy, comfortable, and productive indoor environments. Our work has been focused on making life better by providing places for living, learning, working, shopping, dining, and relaxing at comfortable temperatures with healthy air, quality lighting, and effective plumbing. The quality of life in the communities that we serve has increased significantly. MEP systems have gone from a luxury to a commodity to a necessity. Unfortunately, the MEP systems that we design to achieve this consume a significant amount of energy. As our communities continue to grow and develop, the cost of building energy use is growing. The cost of this energy use includes economic, social, and environmental elements. During the past 50 years, these costs have been mounting. We think it’s time for a change and we are prepared to knock this one out of the park!
Our Goal: All DBR projects will be designed Net Zero Ready by our 50th anniversary in June 2022.
Our Strategy: We will hit a home run by using proven best practices and innovative new ideas to dramatically reduce the projected annual energy consumption and facilitate on-site renewable energy.
- Energy Modeling in the early design stages when key decisions can have the greatest impact.
- Integrated Design where synergies are recognized and a project’s potential is maximized.
- Innovation with ideas welcomed by every member of the team.
Our Commitment: Leaders must make hard-ball decisions and take bold actions. We intend to speak openly to our clients regarding the cost and benefit of design strategies. We will share the projected EUI for every project. We will hold ourselves accountable for the impact that we make on our communities.
Net Zero Defined
Net Zero Energy (NZE): The estimated annual energy consumption of a building (electricity and natural gas) is equal to the estimated annual energy production of on-site renewable energy sources.
Net Zero Ready: An estimate of the reasonable amount of energy that may be produced by on-site renewable energy sources is equal to the estimated annual energy consumption of a building (electricity and natural gas) – and provisions are made to allow the renewable energy sources to be installed in the future and integrated into the building’s electrical system.
Sustainability Project Highlights
Our commitment to sustainability includes initiatives for Clients seeking alternative means to integrate green concepts into their buildings. Creating our own Sustainability Department demonstrates our commitment to improving the environmental performance of buildings and shows the value we place on this professional service.
- 1st LEED Public School in Texas – West Brazos Junior High School
- 1st LEED Platinum Building in San Antonio – Eagle Veterinary Hospital
- More than 120 LEED-certified Projects and Sustainability Projects
- Over 10 million square feet in LEED Certified Projects
Additionally, our Commissioning Department can aid in providing an all-inclusive experience for your sustainability needs. By integrating our solid and deep understanding of engineering designs, we can provide comprehensive solutions to meet your project’s sustainability goals.
DBR’s Sustainability Services
- Green Building & Sustainability Certification/Code (LEED, CHPS, ENERGY STAR, WELL, AEGB & CalGreen)
- Building Performance & Energy Modeling for Early Design and LEED/Code Compliance
- Passive Design Assessment & Strategies
- Daylight & Lighting Assessment
- Life Cycle Cost & Life Cycle Assessment
- Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Incentive Funding
- Energy & Water Assessment and Audit