Energy/Building Performance

A building, like an organism, is a group of interrelated systems. A living organism’s design, perfected over years of evolution, has no redundancy of systems, and its waste is food for other living things. It is part of a larger system. Similarly, sustainable design optimizes building systems to provide necessary services to users with a positive benefit to the environment. 

Cultural Tenets

We design places for people. Everyone should have access to clean air, water, healthy food, shelter, and beauty. Through responsible design practice, buildings can be a force for the greater good. At SMMA, we are doing our part, one project at a time.

Inspired by Nature

How do we create buildings that have a positive impact on users, society, and the environment? SMMA taps into the collective creativity of our people by aligning our project teams around the goals of each client. Drawing inspiration from the elegance of living systems, we support the design process with analysis—including energy and daylight modeling, and materials research—as well as verification, through building certification. The results are high-performance projects that promote health and productivity, reduce operational costs, and are resource-efficient.


Sustainability in Schools

With the diverse demands and complexity on K-12 projects, experience is a key component of successful project management. Experience is also a critical element to success in optimizing school designs for sustainability. Sustainable design is a core value for all of SMMA's K-12 projects, and we carry our organizational sustainability experience and knowledge from preliminary design all the way through post-construction occupancy.

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Setting Our Sights on Zero-Energy Buildings

How Low Can You Go?

Building designers carry significant responsibility for the future of climate-change emissions in the U.S. Domestically, buildings account for 40% of total energy and 75% of electricity use, and they contribute heavily to the generation of carbon dioxide and black carbon, the two leading drivers of climate change.

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The Materials Transparency Movement

In recent years, a new concept of what it means to define a building product as “sustainable” has taken hold. Focus has shifted to consider whole-life (i.e., “cradle to grave”) environmental impact, prioritizing the disclosure of ingredients that may be hazardous to human health. The following resources are offered here in the hope that their use will encourage collaboration and conversation.

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AIA 2030

Making a Commitment to the Future

We at SMMA take our role as stewards of responsible and eco-friendly building design seriously. In 2013, SMMA pledged its support of the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Commitment, vowing to report our progress in meeting predicted energy-consumption goals for buildings in our portfolio.

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Join Our Team!

We are always looking for talented, motivated individuals who thrive on collaboration and are passionate about design. If you think you'd be a good fit, we'd love to hear from you. Visit our Careers page to check out our open positions.

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