Sustainability

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: For all DBR projects to be designed Net Zero Ready.

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 is 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 is 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.

video-thumbnail

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. Our 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 140 LEED certified projects and sustainability projects
  • Over 18 million square feet in LEED certified projects

Additionally, our Commissioning Department aids in providing an all-inclusive experience for sustainability needs. By integrating our solid and deep understanding of engineering designs, we provide comprehensive solutions to meet project 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

VIEW OUR SUSTAINABILITY BROCHURE HERE

Related Content

Project Spotlight: George R. Brown Convention Center

Sustainability, Commercial + Mixed Use, Community
The George R. Brown Convention Center achieves its first-ever LEED Gold certification! DBR’s Sustainability Department partnered with Houston First Corporation for recertification of GRB in Houston, Texas. Due to the commendable performance of the facility staff, administration, and the upgrade in systems, the 2,000,000 square foot project was able to achieve a rating of LEED Gold for Existing Buildings.
Read More

Data Driven Design Using Building Modeling Software

Building Commissioning, Sustainability
With building modeling software, we can now take a lot of the guesswork out of designing sustainable buildings and accurately predict the energy usage, daylighting effectiveness, envelope performance, etc.
Read More

Acoustics in Schools

Integrated Technology, Sustainability, K-12 Education
The primary function of a school is to provide an optimum environment where teachers can communicate with students. In fact, up to 60% of classroom activities involve oral communications between teachers and students or between students. Speech intelligibility is critical in schools. But very often acoustic design is overlooked and the result is a poor acoustical environment.
Read More