Sustainable Practices

Long before the “green” movement became the high-profile topic that it is today, Howard L. Zimmerman Architects was already taking an environmentally intelligent approach to architecture. As a specialist in the interior and exterior restoration, preservation, and alteration of existing buildings, sustainability has been at the core of our practice for over 30 years. While newly constructed buildings can be created with a minimized environmental impact, the rehabilitation of existing buildings can be done with even less of a negative impact. The proper preservation of existing buildings is simply the most environmentally friendly approach to the built environment.

Sustainable Rehabilitation Practices

  • Detailing of the exterior building envelope to minimize infiltration of air and water, improving energy efficiency
    • Installation of proper insulation
    • Installation of proper air and water barriers
    • Ensure water-tightness of transition details
    • Window replacement
    • Re-clad existing facades
    • Over-clad existing facades
    • Use of energy efficient HVAC systems that are less harmful to the environment and can deliver cost savings to owners
  • Implementation of “green” roofs that are highly reflective and/or vegetative to reduce the Urban Heat Island effect and minimize wear and tear of the sewer system
  • Strategic selection of materials
    • Select local vendors when possible to avoid the negative environmental impact of shipping
    • Select recyclable materials
    • Select durable materials