Encompass Architects utilizes sustainable strategies in every project. We work with our clients to set goals for conservation of resources, material sourcing, and energy efficient systems design. We utilize active and passive strategies to the benefit of the project and the earth. By educating our clients and challenging them to consider all possibilities, their buildings and communities can be a part of the sustainable solution our earth desperately needs.
We utilize Sefaira software as a means of evaluating sustainable design strategies in the early phases of design. Sefaira inconjunction with Revit, allows us to quickly evaluate the effects of solar orientation, building envelope & insulative values, roof areas, fenestration (quantity, quality) and daylighting. We have hard data in the early design phase - the time when these critical decisions are made. Our Owners can make truly informed decisions based on the actual design rather than relying on prescriptive design based on generic energy codes or rules of thumb. Many jurisdictions are moving away from prescriptive design for energy codes to a Performance Based System. Encompass Architects is leading the way with Performance Based Design.