GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION
We facilitate and manage the LEED certification process in a proactive, strategic and systemized way. Our experience with over 100 LEED projects covers all Rating Systems, including LEED-NC, LEED-CI, LEED-CS, LEED-EB:O&M, LEED-ND, and LEED for Homes.
The Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that promotes the most advanced measurement of sustainability in the built environment possible today. Recollective has proven experience consulting on the largest Living Building (pending certification) in the world, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence. As an early pioneer in LBC, we understand its complexity and can translate it into a cost-effective and successful design solution.
Prior to embarking on a project seeking green building certification such as LEED, Living Building Challenge, Passive House, BOMA BESt or Green Globes, we can provide a cost-effective study of the likelihood of certification, along with design impacts, estimated costs and next steps.
As Certified Passive House consultants, we can explore the feasibility of Passive House for your project as well as full-service certification.
As required by LEED, consultants need to prepare and submit to the Canada and US Green Building Councils LEED documentation in support of various LEED credits they are responsible for. Recollective consultants have architectural, mechanical, and construction backgrounds with experience preparing documentation for these disciplines. In addition, we have experience reviewing LEED project applications for the Canada Green Building Council, which gives us an in-depth knowledge of what’s required for a successful LEED application. Because of this experience, Recollective is in the unique position of being able to provide LEED documentation services, which gives economic advantages to clients/consultants since costs can be reduced through efficiency and experience.
ENERGY & CARBON ANALYSIS
Sefaira is a simulation tool that is uniquely intended for the conceptual design phase of a project. By using Sefaira, we are able to rapidly estimate, compare and optimize the energy, carbon and financial implications of relevant design strategies. This allows the team to balance the investment between various building strategies, maximizing capital efficiency, while minimizing energy use.
There are many resources that ecosystems provide to human beings, which we refer to as ‘natural capital’. Holistic, place-based design that makes use of passive strategies requires an understanding of the natural opportunities on a given project site. Through mapping and calculations, Recollective can help the design team understand the natural capital conditions at the project site to inform design decisions.
More than just a requirement of LEED certification and equivalency, energy modelling is also a very powerful tool in informing the design of a building and the cost and energy effectiveness of various energy conservation strategies. We conduct building simulations to assist design teams in analyzing cost-effective building designs, and make recommendations to improve building performance in terms of energy, thermal comfort, daylighting, and natural and mechanical ventilation.
We are proficient in many advanced building simulation programs to study natural ventilation (computational fluid dynamics), daylight simulation, and thermal comfort analysis.
Our Certified Energy Managers are qualified and experienced in performing Energy Audits. As a building owner, we provide you with a report summarizing the opportunities, costs, and associated paybacks and GHG reductions of individual as well as bundles of energy upgrades. This report can be used to justify capital expenditures, as well as access available energy efficiency grants and low interest loans.
FACILITATION & RESEARCH
We are known in the industry for our creative, high energy, results-oriented and fun approach to charrette design and facilitation. Whether its for a program, a product, a building, a community, or an experience, our innovative approach brings stakeholders together in a collaborative environment to co-create clever and practical sustainable design solutions with clear next steps.
As faculty members of the Canada Green Building Council and UBC, we are qualified to instruct LEED Education Workshops for your organization.
Want to build your LEED consulting capacity in-house, as well as reduce the cost of the learning curve? We can help you. As LEED experts with many years of experience, we can mentor your staff through one-on-one sessions, peer-reviews, and tools and resources we’ve developed that will greatly speed up the learning curve and save you money.
Increasingly governments and NGO’s are introducing incentive funds to encourage more green development. We are aware of these funds and can help you get “free money” for your green developments.
Need some help finding or deciding on the most appropriate green product or technology? As green building experts, we live and breath this stuff and take pride in being aware of what’s worked well and what hasn’t in the industry. Let us help you save time and money.