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.