SERA Celebrates Sustainability Successes: 2030 Commitment Progress Reported
Portland’s SERA Architects has a well-deserved reputation and well-earned respect for their rich, long-standing focus upon sustainability and the manner in which that passion has been realized in the design of high performance, green buildings. Among firm sustainability milestones, SERA: adopted the Natural Step in 1997; created a Director of Green Building Services position in 2001; began tracking carbon in their operations in 2006, signed the Architecture 2030 Challenge in 2007 and the 2030 Commitment in 2010, and integrated the capabilities of an in-house mechanical engineer into their project work. During this time they have designed a number of significant projects that have advanced energy performance practice; including the recently completed Edith Green Wendall Wyatt federal office building in downtown Portland and the unbuilt Oregon Sustainability Center (employing performance goals and integrated design strategies that advanced not only SERA’s capabilities to deliver more sustainable projects, but the abilities of a broad group of subconsultants and contractors that SERA worked with on the project).
Beginning in 2007, with a series of Sustainable Action Celebrations, SERA has made it a point to formally recognize the broad scope and accomplishments of the firm’s sustainability work. In preparation for the recently held 2013 Sustainable Action Celebration, SERA staff produced a number of presentation boards, that, among other things, tracks the predicted EUIs (energy use indices) of recent designs, within the context of recent years’ projects and Architecture 2030 Challenge goals; reports on SERA office energy use; illustrates the impact of passive systems to reduce energy use at their Blanchet House project; and describes the envelope initiatives that they have implemented to further increase building performance.
SERA has made PDFs of these boards available for download. As a group, the PDFs are informative, educational, and inspirational, and definitely worth taking a look.