All projects designed by DPA Architectural Group are developed in a design-integrated environment for Sustainable Design responses. We believe that if it can be monitored, it can be controlled, and we apply this philosophy to design and facility management of all of our projects.
Our commitment to this includes a proactive design response for energy efficiency, life cycle costing for materials, systems and maintenance, indoor air quality, renewable materials and recycled materials resource use. All of our projects mechanical and electrical systems are designed for maximum performance for minimal energy usage.
Both the Holy Cross Energy Inventory Warehouse and the Holy Cross Energy Administration Addition projects are designed to be energy and sustainable design models for facilities in Western Colorado. With a client goal to reduce typical energy demand by 20%, these project have surpassed this goal by utilizing sustainable design concepts with practical interior and exterior design. The Administration Addition is designed to utilize natural day lighting throughout the facility instead of artificial lighting. Though the project is not yet complete, the entire interior of the project has been constructed and installed without the use of any artificial lighting with the exception of restrooms and utility space.
In addition, DPA has designed 300 square meter school in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa that is completely self sustaining as there are no utilizes or services to the site.
High Performance Practices
DPA Architectural Group
Low Water Use Plumbing Fixtures for water savings
Daylight Sensitivity Interior and Exterior Lighting Controls for energy savings
Rain Water Roof Collection for site/landscape irrigation.
Use of Raw Water for landscape irrigation system
Use of paperless drywall throughout facility
Use of No-VOC interior paint
Use of Recycled materials for interior flooring
Use of Energy Star, high reflecting roof material in low slope areas
Maximizing natural ventilation to cool the interior space and create vertical stacks to exhaust heat.
Designing high performance building envelopes through the use of innovative forms and materials.
Utilizing direct digital control systems for HVAC, Lighting, solar screening.
Specifying building commissioning for specialized facility systems by independent commissioning agencies.