As one of the Washington area’s leading Design/Build firms, Landis Architect/Builders is and has been very concerned about the sustainability of our best practices. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the residential sector accounts for 22% of the total energy consumed in the U.S. So by the very nature of our work, as we design and build homes and perform renovations we are having a direct impact on the environment and the health of homes. Our commitment to building more energy efficient and healthier, safer homes goes far beyond adopting the latest building codes. We have a personal commitment. Landis Architects/Builders has been closely following the development of the green building movement for over a decade, educating ourselves along the way and steadily incorporating green practices, techniques and technologies into our design and construction.
Green best practices are incorporated into the DNA of our standard operating procedure. These practices include:
- Salvaging materials during demolition
- Recycling waste material
- Storm water management techniques to control runoff during construction
- Using rain screen systems to protect against moisture build-up
- Icynene spray foam insulation that both insulates and air seals a building
- Low VOC paints and sealants to insure healthier air
- Intalling an energy-recovery ventilator (ERV) to insure fresh-air in your home while retaining the heating and cooling
- LED lighting and highly energy and water efficient systems and appliances.
There are other measures that go beyond standard in using the most environmental friendly materials and energy efficient systems. We welcome the opportunity to consult with clients on choosing some of these materials and systems. These include installing alternative energy sources such as solar photo voltaic panels or geothermal heating and cooling; high-efficiency water heaters such as tankless water heaters; using FSC-certified wood; or using renewable and/or recycled materials in your home.
Building codes are helpful in insuring our buildings are more efficient and they have had a positive impact on health, safety and the community. In addition to adopting these codes and insuring that our employees receive on-going training in new techniques, materials, and best practices, we are personally involved locally in forming and fostering these guidelines. Ethan Landis is a member of the Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Board that helps oversee DC’s Green Building Act. He and his firm, Landis Construction, have received two Mayor’s Sustainability Awards for their leadership and are active members of USGBC National Capitol Region Chapter. Additionally, at least four of Landis Construction’s design and build team are LEED-AP accredited.
In 2010, we received Washington’s second LEED-H Platinum (the highest and most difficult to achieve) award for a home renovation in Georgetown. While working within the limitations of the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act, we installed a solar hot water heating system, state of the art insulation including insulating the slab, an HVAC system with an energy recovery ventilator, and many other features improving the comfort and performance of the house. In addition to this Georgetown house, since 2007 we have won multiple awards and been recognized many times for our green buildings and practices.
If you’re looking for rain gardens, native plantings, sustainable or conservation landscapes, or just some landscaping to beautify your yard, we recommend you call our sister company, Landis Garden Design. The owner/designer Tomi Landis is Chris Landis’ wife. We often work with her to enhance the exteriors of the renovations we complete.