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  • Orlando Fl 32801

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Eco-Build Strategies

Eco-Build Strategies is a Florida based consulting company offering full service sustainability consulting dedicated to helping our clients drive innovation, uncover efficiency, increase profitability, and reduce their environmental impacts. Whether you are a beginner to the world of sustainable best management practices or a seasoned pro, our team will provide the added resources, tools and expertise necessary to maximize your projects results.

Specializing in team facilitation, strategy execution, performance measurement, and process optimization, we aspire to leave a positive effect on the world in which we live. That is why delivering the best sustainable outcomes for both our current clients and future generations is at the heart of everything we do.

Working together we can help you discover solutions for tomorrow’s challenges today.


Eco-Build Strategies will help you reach your goals...

waste auditing
Waste Auditing
  • Assess your current waste streams, identify landfill diversion opportunities, and help you turn waste costs into revenue streams
health product declarations
Health Product Declarations
  • Complete HPD’s on your products and develop business development ways to utilize them to obtain sales
sustainability reporting
Sustainability Reporting
  • Work with your team to develop a strong foundation and well organized message related to your sustainable market
v4

V4

LEED V4 Now Mandatory! We can help!
  • LEED Facilitation
  • Integrated Project Delivery
  • On-site subcontractor
  • Personal Training
  • Complete LEED Documentation
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innovate

Innovate Beyond Expectation

Key drivers to superb innovation and high performance buildings:
  • Pause before action – Implement Pre-Design Periods
  • Team Experience and structure
  • Third Party Consultant
  • True Project Integration
  • Life Cycle Analysis - Cost distribution
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footprint

Minimize Your Footprint

Want to achieve a lean carbon footprint? We can help with:
  • Energy Modeling
  • Water Savings and Re-Use Concepts
  • Waste Management
  • Erosion Control
  • Low Impact Development
  • SWPPP
integration

Optimize Project Integration

Are you incorporating sustainability into your projects or integrating it?
Why does it matter?
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Measure Manage & Review

Providing building audits, commissioning, and policy implementation to help you increase your efficiencies and reduce your operational costs
  • LEED
  • Green Globes
  • FGBC
  • Living Building Challenges
  • EBOM
erosion
Erosion/Sediment Control
  • Cost Effective Water Management
  • Clean Water Act Compliance
  • Emergency Storm Event Plan
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Education
  • Certification Requirements
  • LEED V4, Green Globes, FGBC
  • Environmental Policies
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Harnessing Excellence

Eco Build Strategies is a small developing, women owned business, founded in 2014. Based in Orlando, our teams offer services throughout the Southeast, with 75% of our clientele stemming from the Florida area. Trusted by clients that include; The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, The City of Gainesville, AECOM, Valencia Community College, Welding by Law, CEMEX, Sherwin William, The City of Maitland, and Starwood Element Hotels (to name a few). Our teams specialize in project certification, operational platform development and material sourcing. EBS and their team members are proud to have successfully led over 30 projects in the implementation of their sustainable agenda.

Our Goal

At Eco Build Strategies LLC (EBS), Inc we believe that growth and development should never come with compromises. Balancing schedule and budget constraints with environmental alignment, and building performance, our projects have never failed to achieve their sustainable goals. Using our “First we Listen” approach, our teams inspire innovation and streamline implementation. Developing easily executed roadmaps, for both design and construction, we provide every project team we work with the tools for repeated success. Together we will evaluate opportunities, develop strategies, and build consensus, creating a unified foundation for success. For EBS, sustainable development is not about what can’t be done, but unlocking the potential for what can be achieved!

Services

Whether targeting operational alignment, platform development of project certification, our seasoned staff can walk you seamlessly through the process.

Consulting Services

  • HPD Certification
  • Website Content
  • Material Research
  • Operational Processes
  • Building Envelope/Indoor Environmental Evaluation
  • LEED Facilitation
  • Green Globes Assessment
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention
  • Corporate Sustainability Reporting
  • Roadmap Development
  • Waste Audits and Waste Plan Development
  • LEED Documentation/Submittals
  • Green Team Facilitation
  • Design Guideline Development (LEED v4 spec)
  • Guiding Principal Compliance Professionals

robyn dowseyRobyn Dowsey, LEED BD&C, EBOM

Eco-Build Strategies Founder, Robyn Dowsey, has over a decade of experience in environmental implementation and 18 years of experience in design-build construction. She is well known throughout the state of Florida as a leader in sustainability education, integrated project delivery, low impact building practices and operational policy development. She is the Chair of the USGBC Regional Council for the State of Florida, a Green Globes Assessor and an active supporter of the Florida educational community. As a pragmatic problem solver and a highly knowledgeable team member, Robyn has the ability to inspire and empower others to develop and achieve levels beyond their expectations.


Robyn has worked closely with owners, designers and contractors for many years helping them incorporate sustainability into their business practices. Robyn’s experience with the implementation of sustainable concepts from conceptual design through the audit process of building operations has allowed her to maximize the balance between profit and environmental impact for her clients. Robyn has successfully provide detailed oversight on over 35 sustainable projects all of which either met or exceeded the sustainable goals targeted. Robyn is a seasoned professional dedicated to client satisfaction, partnerships, and seamless outcomes. Offering construction oversight services, energy modeling, building audits, life cycle analysis, commissioning, sustainable policy development and many other consulting services, we can help you create solutions for a greener tomorrow...

fred muscatelloFrederick Muscatello, P.E., LEED BD&C, ACG, GGP

Eco-Build Strategies has partnered with Fred Muscatello of FCM Engineering. Fred has twenty years of experience as a mechanical engineer specializing in HVAC and plumbing design and building commissioning. He brings extensive LEED and Sustainability experience to the table.

Contact Fred at fred@ecobuildstrategies.net or call him at 407-748-4348 and tell him Eco-Build Strategies sent you!


After serving in the Navy for six years as an Electronics Technician on-board a nuclear submarine, where he held top-secret clearance, Fred graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Fred then began his career as a Mechanical Engineer at small and mid-sized consulting firms in Atlanta, GA.

Fred moved to Orlando in 1998 to work as a Mechanical Engineer at Walt Disney World Co. where he was responsible for design support and forensic/commissioning for theme park and resort projects. Over the course of his seven years at Disney, Fred handled a wide variety of projects spanning entertainment, food and beverage, hospitality and commercial facilities.

As a mechanical engineer, Fred has also had an opportunity to work on educational institutions, industrial facilities, residential, medical and dental offices, animal boarding facilities, energy modeling, and building commissioning.

Fred Muscatello holds the following certifications:

  • LEED BD+C for new construction
  • LEED for Homes Green Rater
  • Green Globes Certified Professional (GGP)
  • American Commissioning Group (ACG) certified commissioning authority

FCM Engineering is a participating member in numerous relevant industry organizations including: American Society Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, United States Green Building Council, Green Building Initiative, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Fred has been married for fifteen years. Fred, his wife and three young sons live in Maitland, FL.

Services Provided

Building Commissioning

FCM Engineering has successfully completed work on over 80 commissioning projects ranging from small tenant improvements, existing building commissioning, to large multimillion dollar construction projects. FCM Engineering’s goal is to create a commissioning team using all the project members, from the architects to the installation contractors, to provide a proven, help deliver a high quality project that will serve the client’s building needs for many years to come.

Commissioned Systems

FCM Engineering has knowledge and field expertise which has been enhanced by their experience with specialized facilities and has intimate knowledge of the following systems:

  • Building Controls
  • Building Envelope
  • Central Energy Plants
  • Chilled Water
  • Compressed Air
  • Dehumidification
  • Electrical Systems
  • Emergency Power
  • Energy Analysis/Modeling
  • Facility Operator Training
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Geothermal Heat Pump
  • Heating Water
  • Humidification
  • HVAC Systems
  • Ice Storage
  • Indoor Air
  • Laboratory Air/Exhaust Quality
  • LEED rating system
  • Lighting Control
  • Monitoring/Verification
  • Photovoltaic
  • Processed Cooling Water
  • Steam
  • Systems Integration
  • Thermo-graphic Survey
  • Utility Metering

Building Energy Modeling

FCM Engineering has successfully completed energy models on over 40 projects with the vast majority being used to earn LEED certification. Energy modeling is started at the schematic design phase so it can be used as an interactive decision making tool for the design team and the owner. FCM Engineering provides detailed reports and consulting to help design teams understand where energy savings can take place and where energy use is too high. Various scenarios can be looked at to determine the best use of capital funds with regards to return on investment. As the design moves toward completion, FCM Engineering will add further detail to the model and complete required credit forms for LEED certification and respond to any review comments.

FCM Engineering also performs energy modeling in existing buildings to help owners and facility managers decide what energy saving strategies will have the best return on investment.

Energy Star for Commercial Buildings

Energy star for commercial buildings is a program run by the Federal department of Energy that allows buildings to earn a certification based on how the building scores against their peer groups. The program uses the Energy Star Portfolio manager to input building utility data, building areas, occupancy schedules, and other information. This information is compared against the Department of Energy’s commercial building database to generate a score. A score of 75 or greater is needed to qualify for Energy Star certification. This means that the building’s energy use intensity (energy use per square foot) is better than 75% of their peer group. FCM Engineering can perform the required data input as well as the required on site verification services that are required to be performed to earn the Energy Star Certification.

Nate RitterNate Ritter, LEED AP BD&C & Homes

Eco-Build Stratagies has partnered with Nate Ritter of GreenBuilt Solutions. Nate serves as the president of the Florida Green Building Coalition, is a LEED AP BD+C & Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater. and holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Construction Management from Drexel University. Nate specializes in assisting residential builders, developers, and owners to incorporate green building practices into their projects and facilitates their certification. Nate has more than 18 years in sustainable construction gaining many insights into building science.

Nate is an advocate of sustainability, not only in the building industry but in all walks of life. He spends his time promoting sustainability through transportation alternatives, energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation and responsible agriculture. Nate works under the assumption our society will transform incrementally toward becoming self-sustaining once enough people have the will.

Alana DruckerAlana Drucker, Sustainability Coordinator

Alana Drucker was born in Queens, New York but spent most of her life in the small city of Parkland in South Florida. She moved to Orlando in 2012 and is a current student at the University of Central Florida, studying for her B.S. in Environmental Studies with a science concentration. A proud member of Eco-Build Strategies team, she is learning and growing her passion for environmental sustainability.

She is a certified in SCUBA: Open Water Diving and is pursuing her LEED Green Associates certification. She has previously spent loving and devoted hours volunteering at The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Garden and was accepted into their Reptile and Amphibian Internship. Her goal in life is to do her part in leaving this world more healthy and beautiful for the next generation.

Tom GreeneTom Greene, Web Design

Eco-Build Strategies's website is designed and maintained by Tom Greene. Tom has over 20 years experience as a software engineer and is a huge supporter of clean, renewable energy. Tom took advantage of a home energy audit from Eco-Build Strategies to understand and reduced his energy footprint. He also contracted with Jack's Solar to install solar panels and a hybrid water heater and is now enjoying the benefits of these great technologies.

Contact Tom at web@ecobuildstrategies.net. Visit Tom's website at GreeneTom.Com to see his other projects.



For a complete list of projects, call us at 407-402-5514

gci/goaa

GCI/GOAA South Terminal Complex Phase 1 Development

Sustainability Consultant / LEED V4 Facilitator

aecom/goaa

AECOM/GOAA Intermodal Terminal Facility and APM Complex

Sustainability Consultant / LEED V4 Facilitator

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Valencia College, LEED V4 EBOM

Photo Courtesy of Valencia College

Sustainability Consultant / LEED V4 Facilitation

CLICK TO READ how Valencia College is embracing sustainability!

To whom it may concern:

... Robyn is one of the most knowledgeable Green Building consultants in Central Florida, having guided numerous new LEED certified construction projects and now an increasing number of LEED EBOM projects. ...

As part of the services provided, Robyn, along with commissioning agent Fred Muscatello of FCM Engineering, conducted energy audits of the building, worked with us on metering for auditing performance, and suggested most cost-effective retrofits. ...

I am convinced that the LEED EBOM process is valuable to an institution or company identifying new information on the performance of a building and ways to improve it, and Robyn always brings valuable new suggestions to the table. She has been a pleasure to work with.

Sincerely, Deborah Green, Ph.D., LEED AP, Director of Sustainability

SOURCE

weldingbylaw

Custom Welding By Law

LEED Documentation/Submittal Development

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Glover Construction

Erosion and Sediment Control Planning

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Alachua Country

Erosion and Sediment Control Training/Planning

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Hensel Phelps

LEED V4 Training/Team Building

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Holly Hill, LEED Facilitation, Certified LEED Gold

Photo and Press Release Courtesy of Wharton-Smith, Inc

PRESS RELEASE: Holly Hill K-8 School Strives to be First School for Volusia Schools to Achieve Certification under the LEED for Schools Reference Guide Requirements!

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Edward J. Doyle Police Station, City of Maitland, LEED Gold

Photo Courtesy of Maitland

CLICK TO READ how this became Maitland's first city building to achieve LEED Certification!

Dear Ms Dowsey:

On behalf of the City of Maitland, I wish to express my appreciation for the involvement of Wharton-Smith, Inc, and you in particular in helping us attain this significant achievement...

This is the first City building to achieve LEED certification, and we are proud to help show the way for subsequent privately- and publicly-owned buildings in Maitland to follow this path for sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Sincerely, Richard W. Wells, AICP, Community Development Director

SOURCE

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Saugahatchee Lake Complex and Water Treatment Plant - Sustainable Consulting/Contractor Oversight – Certified LEED

Photos Courtesy of Wharton-Smith, Inc

SOURCE:Courtesy of Opelika Utilities

Opelika’s W. Warner Williams Water Resource Park at Saugahatchee Lake, opened May 2013, is a masterpiece of both form and function. LEED certified, the new Water Resource Park encompasses a state-of-the-art water treatment plant, distribution and maintenance facilities and an administration building that put Opelika in the forefront of water technology.


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Paynes Prairie Restoration– Water Quality/Erosion Control Consultant

Photos Courtesy of Wharton-Smith, Inc

SOURCE:Courtesy of Erosion Control

Techniques for construction-site sediment control mean better water quality downstream.

“GRU [Gainesville Regional Utilities] chose to be more in line with LID (low-impact development) and create a natural wetlands that would reduce the nitrogen levels and restore the hydrology of Payne’s Prairie,” Dowsey says. The project also will help with stormwater management, improve water quality in the lake and the aquifer, create a high-quality wetland habitat, and increase the acreage of conservation lands within the park.


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LEED V4

Eco-Build Strategies can assist you in simplifying the LEED V4 process making sustainability our job so that you can do yours.

Services include:

  • LEED Facilitation
  • LEED submittal packages
  • Conduct field visits
  • Policy Development/Oversight
  • Waste Management/Low Impact Development
  • Storm Water Polution Prevention Water Management
  • Indoor Air Quality

BUILDING DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

Eco-Build Strategies assists our building owners and project teams with the development of their projects to optimize project goals and provide simplicity to sustainable practices.

Services include:

  • Charrette facilitation
  • Process, design and technology optimization
  • Energy, daylight, comfort, and cost-benefit modeling
  • Commissioning and M&V
  • Education and training
  • Product Life Cycle Analysis, LCA Study’s
  • Certification coordination (GBI, LEED, Living Building Challenge, etc.)
  • Environmental Assessments

CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY

The first step to change is understanding. At Eco-Build Strategies we take the time to learn the culture and market of each organization we work with. Only after this is done can we help develop a comprehensive roadmap for our clients. With this roadmap we can comfortably manage their sustainability initiatives and provide the proper support for the implementation of those initiatives.

Services include:

  • Roadmap development (Providing a strategy and foundation)
  • Audit circle tools - Measurement, benchmarking, data collection, and reporting
  • Operational policies and plans
  • Improvement Opportunities
  • Commissioning Services
  • Corporate Education

BUILDING PERFORMANCE

Eco-Build Strategies will work with you to improve building performance and implement best practices across operations corporations. Some of our past relationships include higher education, facility managers, building engineers, property owners, city managers and corporate real estate personnel.

Services include:

  • Benchmarking and performance measurement
  • Retro-commissioning, audits, and energy efficiency implementation support
  • Building operations policy and plan development
  • Education, training, and occupant engagement
  • Certification coordination (GBI, Continuing improvement, LEED GBOM, etc.)

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Developing new and existing communities to become hubs of living and economic vitality are a primary focus at Eco-Build Strategies. We are able to do this through:

  • Community development and information charrettes
  • Resource and infrastructure road-mapping and feasibility studies
  • Master plan support
  • Green building guidelines support
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Certification coordination (Green Communities, LEED-ND, etc.)

TRAINING AND EDUCATION

At Eco-Build Strategies we understand that empowering others through education and training is the best way to help our owners and businesses develop sustainable, profitable communities. That is why we spend time working with government, owners, designers and contractors develop their partners and employees on sustainable practices

Construction Best Management practices

  • LEED v4
  • SWPPP
  • IAQ
  • CWM
  • Material Declarations and Source Statements

Building Owner

  • Speaking Engagements
  • LEED v4
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Audit Cycle Development/Benchmarking
  • Creating Green Teams

erosionErosion and Sediment Control

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Planning/Permit Compliance


Why Outsource with Eco-Build Strategies

Stormwater planning and permit compliance can be complicated and time consuming. Project size, topography and location can turn even the simplest Erosion and Sediment Control Plans upside down. Utilizing your project team to properly plan the protection of your project site can prove to be a costly mistake. Many projects wind up with incomplete plans that don’t adequately address Stormwater requirements and leave your company at risk from both environmental enforcement fines and damaged owner relations. In addition, lack of operational water management techniques on-site can cripple companies forcing them through costly rework and schedule delays.

That’s where Eco-Build Strategies comes in!

Let us unburden your teams, leaving them free to tackle the construction at hand. Specializing in cost effective Water Management, Erosion and Sediment Control Planning as well as Emergency Storm Event Plan development we have earned a reputation for excellence throughout the area. Together we can demonstrate a committed long term reputation towards environmental excellence.

Clean Water Act (CWA)

  • Dewatering Planning and Permitting
  • FDOT Dewatering Plans
  • Surface Water Discharge Modeling
  • NPDES Permitting
  • Severe Rain Event Action Planning
  • Water Management Planning

Environmental Resource Permitting and Plans

  • Pollution Prevention Plans
  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC)
  • Underground Storage Tank Management(UST)
  • Groundwater Protection Plans
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Weekly/Monthly Site Inspections
  • Consumptive Use Permit Application
  • Water Management Representation
  • Termination Applications

meetingEducation Services

Looking to learn about the latest and most successful best management practices in sustainable development? Are you up to date with the newest building certification options? Can we help your firm create a group of “green champions” within your organization?

Our industry experts can guide you through the world of professional success and leadership in sustainability. We fuse the principles of business strategy with the burgeoning market demand for sustainable practice to teach the most relevant, useful curriculum to our students. Many of our students come from companies and corporations who lack dedicated staff or resources to guide them through their sustainable efforts but understand the need to decrease your environmental footprint. Let us help you begin your path towards sustainable leadership within your company.

SERVICES

  • Certification Requirements (LEED, Green Globes, FGBC etc.)
  • Best Management Practices
  • Erosion & Sediment Control
  • Building Audits
  • Environmental Policies
  • Indoor Air Quality

SOURCE:USGBC Students Program

To whom it may concern,

I am writing this letter to give my highest possible recommendation for Robyn Dowsey. This past May 2014, Mrs. Dowsey taught a LEED Green Associate course that I had planned for the USGBC Students of Seminole State College and the Central Florida USGBC Chapter. She came highly recommended to me by a board member from the Central Florida USGBC Chapter, for her knowledge of the subject and her passion for the topic.

...I was extremely pleased with Mrs Dowsey teaching this class and subject. She would be a great asset for anyone interested in learning topics on sustainable development and LEED accreditation.

Robyn,

I wanted to personally thank you again for your time and effort in helping us prepare for our LEED GA exam. The four students from SSC are all brand new LEED GA's and it is thanks to you. Oh and I passed mine on the first try.

Thank you again for your time.

Kind Regards, William Craddock III, Director/Project Manager, ADVANCED INDOOR REMEDIATORS

developerDeveloper/Investor Services

According to PWC’s March 2012 report “do investors care about sustainability”, more and more investors and developers are understanding the tie between corporate and community well-being. Unfortunately, many investors and developers don’t understand how to take the first step or are at a loss for how to turn good intent into prudent financial decisions. Eco-Build Strategies can help you successfully substantiate, report and implement sustainable initiatives providing viability to both shareholder gain and investment victory.

Our team can provide added value in:

SERVICES

  • Master Planning
  • Charrette Facilitation
  • Environmental Site Assessment
  • Low Impact Development Strategies
  • Water Re-use Concepts
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Project Planning / Team Selection Support
  • LCA Analysis
  • EVA (Environmental Value Analysis)
  • Tenant Design and Furniture Selection Guidelines
  • Commissioning

THIRD PARTY CERTIFICATIONS (services offered for all types within LEED, Green Globes, FGBC, Living Building Challenge)

  • Provide Project Facilitation
  • Provide “Introduction to Certification” Classes for your project team
  • Provide Submittal review
  • Facilitate the Certification Process
  • Provide action item logs and Monthly Status reports
  • Provide LEED on-line pre-requisite and credit review

designerDesigner Services

Eco-Build Strategies understands the dynamic role that designers and their consultants play in sustainable development. Our mission is to complement their efforts with added resources, knowledge and support giving sustenance to their hard work. Whether working to achieve high performance buildings, untapped efficiencies, Bio Mimicry or building certifications, Eco-Build Strategies will help you integrate sustainability into each aspect of your project.

Our team can provide added value in:

SERVICES

  • Design Charrette Facilitation
  • Environmental Site Assessment
  • Low Impact Development Strategies
  • Water Re-use Concepts
  • LEED Boundary Assessment
  • Project Planning / Team Selection Support
  • LCA Analysis
  • Specification Development-Input and Editing
  • Material Research
  • Documentation Assistance
  • Energy Modeling and Review
  • Daylight Modeling
  • Tenant Design and Furniture Selection Guidelines
  • Commissioning

THIRD PARTY CERTIFICATIONS (services offered for all types within LEED, Green Globes, FGBC, Living Building Challenge)

  • Provide Project Facilitation
  • Provide “Introduction to Certification” classes for your project team
  • Provide Submittal review
  • Facilitate the Certification Process
  • Provide action item logs and Monthly Status reports
  • Provide LEED on-line pre-requisite and credit review

building ownerBuilding Owner Services

Eco-Build Strategies LLC is a small developing, women owned business specializing in the implementation of sustainable design, construction and operational practices. Our mission is to support our owners and design teams in the achievement of high performance buildings. Road-mapping sustainable objectives into the fabric of your projects development and/or buildings operations, we are able to cultivate innovative techniques that not only meet or exceed project goals but do so without destructive impact on your projects budget.

Let us help you tap efficiencies that will produce long lasting performance in your project.

Our team can provide:

SERVICES

  • Design Charrette Facilitation
  • Environmental Site Assessment
  • Low Impact Development Strategies
  • Water Re-use concepts
  • Project Planning / Team Selection Support
  • LCA Analysis
  • Specification Development-Input and editing
  • Material Research
  • Policy Development
  • Documentation Assistance
  • Energy Modeling and Review
  • Daylight Modeling
  • Tenant Design and Furniture Selection Guidelines
  • Commissioning
  • Sustainable Certification Guidance

contractorContractor Services

At Eco-Build Strategies we understand all aspects of design & construction. Sustainable Project Management can be overwhelming, even for experienced teams. Lack of resources can lead to both performance and schedule issues for your firm if not handled correctly. Eco-Build Strategies can help. Let us provide you with added resources and support you need to become “the Green Construction Company” of choice.

What our firm can do for you

THIRD PARTY CERTIFICATIONS (LEED, Green Globes, FGBC, Living Building Challenge)

  • Provide complete LEED documentation services as well as performing LEED on-line upload of all construction documents.
  • Provide Toolbox talks on Sustainable Best Management Practices for your teams
  • Provide site specific Indoor Air Quality plans for your team to use as a guideline during construction
  • Review submittals for compliance and aid the team in obtaining the required paperwork from your subcontractors and suppliers
  • Provide pre-commissioning services to make project commissioning a similar process
  • Receive, organize and prepare project submittals and all other construction documentation for submission to third party certification organization

SITE EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL

  • Develop storm water pollution control plans and procedures with your team
  • Completion of project Consumptive Use permit applications
  • Conduct weekly inspections along with photo documentation
  • Provide weekly inspections reports and feedback to the team
CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT
  • Analyze single stream waste opportunities and projected construction waste percentages by material stream
  • Work with contractor to develop a process for construction waste management
  • Work with contractor and waste hauler to facilitate the development of a CWM tracking system
  • Oversee implementation of a project tracking system
  • Review and analyze documentation from waste hauler for compliance and accuracy

home ownerHome Owner Services

Thinking of “greening” your home. Let Eco-Build Strategies help. Together we can discover opportunities for reducing your energy bills, improving your indoor air quality, optimizing your home product selection all while doing your part to protect your community resources.

Our staff works with both existing and new home owners to put together a plan for reaching their sustainability goals. Whether you are looking to make small steps towards reducing your costs or trying to be free of power company prices, we will help you create a roadmap towards success.

Our team can provide:

SERVICES

  • Low Impact Development Strategies
  • Water reduction and Re-use concepts
  • Material and Product Research
  • Energy Audits
  • Energy Modeling and Review
  • Indoor Air Quality practices

In addition, our expert specialists can help you put together a renewable energy package for your home. Energy Bills continue to rise especially in our Sunny State of Florida.

Using concepts like:

  • Solar pool heaters
  • Solar electric
  • Solar tubular lights
  • Solar hot water heaters

We can help you drastically reduce your energy bills.

building ownerUSGBC V4 – WHY ITS SO IMPORTANT TO GO THE EXTRA MILE


Lately the first question my clients ask is, Robyn whats going on with LEED? Do you think people are going to still use LEED Version 4? Clients and industry professionals alike voice concerns about the new requirements. Confused about the added stringency and troubled by the challenges that they may face if they continue to use of the LEED rating system. For many of us the desire to pursue sustainable development is a list of what needs to be done. An analyzation of some checklist, questionnaire or other type of rule that needs to be followed.

Instead for a moment let’s not start there. Instead of a checklist lets simply start with our list of values and/or master goals. Let’s create of plan based not on what box we need to check but instead what can we reach to achieve.

Companies in all sectors of the economy are carefully examining how terms like “sustainability” and “environmentally conscious” fit into how they do business. Stricter environmental laws, ever-rising operational costs, Certification Platforms (LEED, GG etc.) and the growing conversation around Global Warming are driving smart companies to evaluate both what they do now and what they could do. The growing realization that sustainable alignment is more than just a green color but an investment in your company’s economic long term health is no truer than in today’s market.

Working with our clients to maximize these opportunities and fortify their eco-minded investment has become both our passion and our specialty. For many of my clients (developers, owners, designers, contractors, manufacturers and suppliers) the values that have guided their culture and operational paths are simple:

  • Financial Health
  • Growth or Sustained Operations
  • Core Principals and Beliefs
  • Previous Generations (practices and processes passed on through generational operations)

How then do these values intersect with what is behind USGBC’s efforts? USGBC has always taught us that we must reduce the impacts related to how we achieve our goals. Do Less Harm. Recycled, reduce our carbon footprint, save water etc. When introduced to V4 we are guided towards new concepts. Instead of being told to do less harm to our communities and our environment we are now asked to explore how we can make positive change. What impacts are caused by our acts and how we can turn them into not impacts but environmental benefits. V4 asks us begin the repair process. To consider the possibility that we can not only meet all of our values but do so in such a manner that we capitalize on our ability to positively affect everything we touch around us at the same time.

USGBC is not alone in this question. Recently The United Nations Climate Change Conference examined their values and Master Goals within the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (noted below).

Global Goals

Through those meetings and with these goal a theme was borne. A theme revolving around not independence from one thing to another but an interdependence between all of the goals outlined. Together they combine the values everyone and everything supporting the notion that with enough planning, group thinking, and understanding, we can achieve all of our values. Imagine not struggling with new regulations that bind us to a restricted way of achieving our goals but instead a universal challenge that asks us to stretch our thinking and explore new possibilities. To stop and consider all of the values before we move forward and act.

For some, this will take time and for others, understanding the benefits of implementing this approach will begin to show new possibilities for not just our projects but for the design and development of everything we use. Imagine the possibilities. If we can find that interdependence! Then V4 is no longer a stumbling block to our success. but instead stepping stones to our future and prosperity. Let Eco-Build Strategies help you explore the questions and innovation that does not make things in your business “green” but when creates a platform that allows “green” to make your business great!

Integrated Project Management has become a very popular “trademark” recently... but what does it really mean?

How does it benefit your project?

Too often Integrated Design boils down to business as usual. True integration is much more than that.

Integrating sustainability is about allowing the concept to build the design not adding sustainable elements to a design already imagined.

Here are some key steps towards Integrating sustainability successfully:

  • Create toward visions, not a checklist. In an age building green usually starts with some type of certification, it’s hard to avoid filling out a checklist of credits. Unfortunately credit chasing can limit your ability to integrate performance. That is why we start with a roadmap of goals based on owner driven objectives (water, energy, materials, habitat, marketing, master planning, renewable energy, construction outcomes).
  • Integrated design is about research – Don’t stick to concepts or ideas previously utilized, every building is unique and different. It’s okay to start there but the team has to be given the time and opportunity to develop those into new ideas and stretch their limits of comfort. The only bad idea is the one that is not explored.
  • Never stop at one charette – Integration requires innovation, conversation and contemplation. You must be able to explore ideas and then put in the research needed to vet them before you regroup – We usually recommend two or three at a minimum.
  • Pick the right team or educate the team you pick – Never underestimate the value of a strong team, a committed owner and a willing teacher. At Eco-Build Strategies we understand that part of our role as facilitator is to help with sustainable education. As Jerry Yudelson, a renowned expert in the field of sustainability, says “you don’t know what you don’t know”, Eco-Build Strategies can help. In addition, we are available to work with our clients on their team makeup. Selecting appropriate members based on Owner vision and combining team strengths in different areas to cumulatively provide the right team.

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