Sustainability

We believe that sustainable design principles are a necessity not a luxury. We believe that sustainable design practices can optimize infrastructure and challenge traditional code compliance design approaches. We believe that sustainable design can reduce projects construction costs.

Today, posterity demands that every project be innovative. Environmentally responsible growth means doing it better than the last project not just like the last project. At NV5, we were early adopters we’ve believed in sustainable design long before it was hip to be “green” or required by the likes of  CalGREEN  or EPA WaterSense®. We began researching and practicing sustainable design principles as they relate to infrastructure in the late 1990s. In 2004 we published our first  Sustainable Design Guide  as a testament to our belief that our everyday design decisions have incremental, yet profound, effects on the environments where we live and work. Many of NV5’s employees are LEED Accredited Professionals.

We Help our Clients…

If you are interested in sustainable practices, NV5 will help you with informed decisions that make economic, social and environmental sense. Our staff’s experience, insights and practical knowledge demonstrate how to design and build profitable projects with sustainable elements.

  • We have worked on more than 25 LEED registered projects, including many LEED Gold and several LEED Platinum projects.
  • We have participated in the planning, design and construction of wind and solar energy projects providing thousands of megawatts of clean, renewable energy for communities.
  • We have negotiated modifications to traditional code compliance requirements,  designed narrower streets, reduced water consumption rates, and specified recycled construction materials. In other words, we’ve helped our clients reduce resource consumption while saving millions of dollars.

We Practice What We Preach…

We practice our belief that financial and environmental performance can go hand-in-hand.

  • We have sustainability champions in each of our offices. These local champions promote sustainable business practices and lead sustainability reviews of our clients’ projects.
  • We provide quarterly training to educate all staff in sustainable design practices.
  • We have an internal awards program that recognizes and rewards staff who have worked on projects that incorporate sustainable design practices.
  • Our offices routinely receive Green Business Practice awards.
  • Lighting in our offices reduces CO2 emissions, Energy Star appliances and copiers reduce energy consumption, and paperless pay and expense statements eliminate printing and mailing needs.
  • We use video conferencing to reduce business-related travel.
  • We actively recycle: glass, aluminum, paper, batteries and even coffee grounds.

We’ve Been Recognized for our Achievements…

  • Member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Advisory Board for Sustainable Infrastructure since 2012
  • San Joaquin County Administrative Building, Stockton, CA LEED Gold. Named Best of the Best Government/Public Building  by Engineering News-Record.
  • Fort Carson Soldier Family Assistance Center, Fort Carson, CO LEED Gold. Received a Silver Hard Hat Award  from McGraw-Hill Mountain States Construction.
  • CalPERS Headquarters Expansion, Sacramento, CA LEED Gold. This project was named one of California Construction Link’s  Top Projects. It also received the  Green Architecture Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects Central Valley Chapter.
  • Fort Carson Division Headquarters Band Training Facility, Fort Carson, CO LEED Gold. The project was given an  Outstanding Contractor Award  from the US Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, CO LEED Silver. This project was awarded the  Walter Taylor Award for “best meeting a difficult design challenge” by the American Association of School Administrators, the American Institute of Architects, and the Council of Educational Facility Planners.
  • Capitol Area East End Complex, Sacramento, CA LEED Gold. This project received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (California).
  • Ramona Library, Ramona, CA LEED Gold. This project received the Honor Award in the Projects in Design Category from the Society of American Registered Architects.
  • American River Courtyard Student Housing, Sacramento, CA LEED Gold. Received the Business Journal Real Estate Project of the Year Award.