Services

Architect for Life offers holistic, well-planned services. We provide sustainable options within a set budget.

Energy and Water Management Consultaion
Improved Living and Working Environments
Increased Sustainable Products
Decreased Carbon Footprint
LEED Certification Services
What is LEED?
Municipal & Government Program Management
Building Commissioning
Energy Star Consulting
WaterSense Consulting

Energy and Water Management Consultaion

Improved energy management

Measurable results from our input include:

LED lighting usage
Reduced electricity usage
Increased energy savings
Use of on-site renewable energy
Energy modeling


Improved water management

Measurable results from our input include:

  • Improved stormwater run-off management
  • Efficient landscaping plant maintenance
  • Water usage savings
  • Low water & waterless fixtures
  • Increased water efficiency

Improved Living and Working Environments

Measureable results from our input include:

  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Improved daylighting
  • Enhanced views
  • Enhanced natural lighting
  • Nighttime light pollution elimination

Increased sustainable products

Measurable results from our input include:

  • Improved local economy
  • Use of regional materials
  • Use if recycled materials
  • Use of rapidly renewable materials

Decreased Carbon Footprint

The decisions made from the Architect for Life services allow individual and team impact on reducing carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is “the total set of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event or product”. Carbon footprint is often expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent of other GHGs, emitted.

A carbon footprint is also defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). (CO2 is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide).

An example of a carbon footprint is seen when you drive a car. When driving, the engine burns fuel whi tch creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance.
Another example of a carbon footprint is seen when warming your home or business. When a building is heated with oil, gas or coal, then CO2 is generated. Even if heating with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2.

A third example of a carbon footprint involves purchasing food and goods. The production of the food and goods also emits some quantities of CO2.

Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which were induced by your activities in a given time frame. Usually a carbon footprint is calculated for the time period of a year.

Carbon dioxide is also referred to as a greenhouse gas. Other greenhouse gases which might be emitted as a result of human activities include methane and ozone. These greenhouse gases are normally also taken into account for the carbon footprint. They are converted into the amount of CO2 that would cause the same effects on global warming (this is called equivalent CO2 amount).

To calculate your carbon footprint go to http://timeforchange.org/what-is-a-carbon-footprint-definition. At this website, graphs shows the total CO2 emission in million tons by country for the year 2002. The data source was the World Resources Institute (WRI). The CO2 emissions for the year 2006 were about 12 to 15% higher than the figures shown in the graphs.

LEED Certification Services
LEED – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
Including design through construction
Building Design & Construction Specialty
New construction for office and home
Existing building renovations fro office and home

What is LEED?
LEED Certification is a third-party documentation system provided through use of a scorecard created by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Architect for Life (AFL) is a member if the USGBC. The AFL owner and leader is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Architect for Life uses the LEED certification process as a tool to provide simple and smart solutions, and to bring great value to any and every part of the project. Architect for Life supports all phases of the design and construction process with an integrated approach that includes the architectural design, engineering, commissioning and construction processes.

Architect for Life can provide you with the best approach that will identify and implement the most effective strategies to achieve your sustainability goals in an environmentally-friendly manner with long-term economic benefits.

Municipal & Government Program Management

  • Energy Environmental Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Management
  • DOE PAGE reporting
  • FederalReporting.gov reporting
  • Davis Bacon guidance & administration
  • Buy American guidance & administration
  • Jobs created &/or retained administration
  • Hours worked administration
  • Coordination with municipal facilities division
  • Coordination with municipal purchasing & procurement processes
  • Request for Proposal creation, editing and implementation
  • Organize and orchestrate RFP respondent interviews
  • Organize and orchestrate RFP respondent evaluation for governmental authority selection
  • Coordination with municipal and governmental appointed and elected
  • Officials
  • Coordination with municipal and governmental staff
  • Coordination with selected contract awarded vendors and subcontractors
  • Checklist implementation
  • Best Practices successes
  • Coordination with DOE Project Officer and related personnel

Building Commissioning

Building Commissioning is a systematic and documented process of ensuring that the owner’s operational needs are met, building systems perform efficiently, and building operators are properly trained.

Building commissioning is a win-win opportunity. Everyone benefits.
Owners Operators Occupants
Fewer change orders Properly operating systems Healthy indoor air quality
Reduced construction costs Fewer occupant complaints Comfortable working environment
Reduced operating costs Training on all systems
Fewer construction delays Proper O&M manuals

Additional Benefits:

• Save money. Lower energy and maintenance costs. Quick payback.
• Safer and more comfortable buildings.
• Fewer disputes between building owner and contractor.
• Fewer change orders.
• Problems are discovered early when they aren’t expensive to correct.
• A higher quality building pays for itself in the long run and provides a better working environment.

Commissioning new buildings

• Goal: To deliver a building that operates as it was designed, complete with fully trained building operators.

• Commissioning is the process of ensuring that systems are designed, installed, and functionally tested and are capable of being operated and maintained to perform according to the design intent. Commissioning begins with planning and includes design, construction, startup, acceptance and operational training.

Retro-commissioning existing buildings

Retro-commissioning is a systematic process for improving and optimizing a building’s operations and maintenance. Its focus is usually on energy-using equipment such as mechanical equipment, lighting, and related controls. The retro-commissioning process most often focuses on the dynamic energy-using systems with the goal of reducing energy waste, obtaining energy cost savings for the owner, and identifying and fixing existing problems.

Energy Star Consulting
Energy Star is a United States government program created in 1992 by the US Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission by power plants. What began originally as a voluntary labeling program has grown in to one of the largest efforts worldwide to promote energy efficient consumer products.

Energy Star labels are found on over 40 product categories and in the year 2005 alone is responsible for saving consumers over 12 billion dollars.

WaterSense Consulting
WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program designed to encourage water efficiency in the United States through the use of a special label on consumer products. It was launched in June, 2006.

The Water Sense label is on a variety of plumbing equipment. WaterSense partners for high-efficiency plumbing equipment include some of the biggest manufacturers in the business: Kohler, Delta Faucet, Hansgrohe, American Standard and Crane. In fact, Kohler and its sister brand, Sterling, already have eight toilets that have earned the WaterSense label, meaning they use at least 20% less than standard toilets.
According to the EPA, the average American home uses more water for flushing the toilet than running the shower. A family of four could save 16,000 gallons of water a year by replacing its traditional toilet with a high-efficiency model, a big savings in dollars as well as drops.
Architect for Life offers holistic, well-planned services. We provide sustainable options within a set budget.