Sustainability

While “Green Building” is a phrase that seems to be everywhere as of late, Nutec has been designing energy-efficient, sustainable buildings since our inception.  In the mid-1980s, we designed one of the earliest thermal ice storage systems in the country.  Our current staff make-up includes several LEED Accredited Professionals and LEED Green Associates, and multiple projects have been designed to obtain certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  As a full-service company, we are able to easily apply the “Whole Building Design Approach” required for successful sustainable buildings.  Further, our in-house capabilities include the ability to provide the commissioning services required to obtain LEED certification.

Nutec’s LEED Accredited Professionals are in the architectural, interior design, structural, and mechanical disciplines.  We also have an in-house sustainable design committee tasked with continually evaluating our sustainable / green design approach, developing processes for LEED certification submissions, and educating staff and clients.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

– U.S. Green Building Council


Sustainable Architecture & Engineering: Corporate Office Building

 A high-profile destination with more than 100,000 annual visitors, this building combines offices, manufacturing, tour center, medical suite, cafeteria, and retail store, housing a popular factory tour that showcases their products. The owner opted not to pursue green building certification, but a high level of sustainability was packed into the design. […]
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Sustainable Architecture & Engineering: LEED Certified Warehouse

 Industrial buildings are notoriously difficult to obtain green building certification, but this new pharmaceutical warehouse was designed to obtain LEED Silver certification, keeping in line with the owner's dedication to creating a campus of sustainable buildings. […]
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Sustainable Architecture & Engineering: Community College Conversion

Although not designed for green building certification, this creative, award-winning adaptive reuse project includes robust sustainable features. An existing, vacant warehouse was repurposed for new life as a community college, with classrooms, labs, library, offices, assembly spaces, and a bookstore.
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Sustainable Architecture & Engineering: Thermal Storage System

Before sustainable design was a "thing" and LEED even existing, Nutec was dedicated to improving the energy efficiency and environmental friendliness of the buildings we designed. For instance, this 270,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters renovation/expansion included an innovative ice storage system to generate ice in tanks overnight, and then melt it during the day for building cooling.
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Sustainable Design & Construction: Historic LEED Silver Office

 This award-winning conversion of a former tobacco warehouse into a modern office building showcased the marriage of historic architecture with sustainable design, obtaining LEED Silver Certification in the process. […]
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Sustainable Architecture & Engineering: Medical Clinic

 This new Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) for the Veterans Administration was designed to be the VA's first LEED Certified CBOC in the United States. Sustainable design was aided by application of an integrated Building Information Model (BIM) for architecture and engineering. […]
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Sustainable Architecture & Engineering: Historic LEED Certified Office

In order to showcase LEED and sustainable design concepts to the community, a county government retained Nutec to convert their historic, 1898 courthouse into a county government office building. The end result was the county's first LEED certified office building and first LEED certified historic rehabilitation.
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Sustainable Architecture & Engineering: New Natatorium

 When a community nonprofit organization set-out to incorporate sustainable design principals into their new indoor swimming facility, they commissioned Nutec to make it a reality. The final design for the 43,000 sq. ft. building with seating for 500 spectators was designed to LEED Platinum criteria. […]
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