Sustainability

GFF promotes, embraces and implements the ideology of sustainable design. Striving to meet new sustainable design benchmarks not only reduces resource waste, but improves occupant morale, student performance and employee productivity. As energy costs rise, utilizing energy- and resource-efficient systems has become increasingly important to Owners, Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers.

GFF currently has 20 LEED Accredited Professionals and one Green Globes Professional on our staff, and several of these have become leaders of the green movement within our organization. Our Director of Sustainability Thom Powell, AIA, LEED AP was elected to the North Texas Chapter U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors in 2009, and GFF is a corporate member of USGBC. Regular in-house presentations educate the entire office about available tools and teaming opportunities. Our sustainability practice includes seven LEED Gold certified projects, 11 LEED Silver certified projects, three certified projects and several projects in various stages of the LEED certification process. We have completed four Green Globes projects, one of which received 4 Green Globes.

We design all of our projects to meet the energy efficiency requirements of the IECC (International Energy Conservation Code). We are well-versed and experienced with these requirements and will be able to apply this design standard to your project, and our team will apply appropriate sustainable strategies whether or not you choose to pursue a sustainable certification. Many of our clients choose to pursue certification under the LEED rating system. Buildings designed to LEED certification require extra consideration and care on the part of the Owner, Architect, Landscape Architect, and Interior Designer in site development, design and construction, but may also provide measurable long-term payback.

LEED Gold

Granite Uptown Mixed Use
Good Shepherd Center for Learning
Old Parkland Hospital Nurses Hall
Old Parkland Hospital Woodlawn Hall
Brandt Corporate Offices
TLC Corporate Offices
Crate & Barrel Southpoint NC

LEED Silver

SMU Perkins School of Theology
West 7th NE Office Building
Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss
Gables Uptown Mixed Use
Park Place Mercedes Grapevine
Gaylord Texas Resort Pool
VP 103 – Fiori on Vitruvian Park
Alta West Davis
Park Place Lexus – Plano
Custer Bridges
SMU Prothro Hall

LEED Certified

Lakehill Environmental Sciences
Honda of Burleson
Honda of Rockwall

Green Globes

Perot Museum of Nature and Science (4)
Capital One Building 5 (3)
Capital One Building 6 (3)
Pizza Hut Headquarters (2)

Sustainable Sites Initiative

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

2030 Challenge – 60% Energy Reduction

Visalia First Assembly