2018 Environmental Stewardship Report
Annually, DLR Group produces an Environmental Stewardship Report to share our progress toward meeting the 2030 Challenge. The report documents the estimated operational energy consumption, energy production, and energy optimization of DLR Group designs in 2018.
Click to read our 2018 Environmental Stewardship Report. Image © DLR Group.
DLR Group is continuing to set aggressive internal targets, and embed a performance design approach, to reach our goal of meeting 2030 Challenge benchmarks on every new project. The average reduction targets for predicted energy use from our projects have consistently exceeded our national peer group average. In 2018, DLR Group high-performance designs resulted in a 49 percent energy reduction compared to average buildings1. We tracked 8,148,634 SF of designed space against the benchmarks of the 2030 Challenge resulting in the offset of 334,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.2
Throughout 2018, we also espoused our core value of environmental stewardship within our design culture through exploration of innovative materials; indoor air quality; and occupant comfort, wellbeing and productivity. We developed a Sustainability Salon on Square 1, the DLR Group intranet. This weekly knowledge share raises awareness and improves the vocabulary of the entire firm on emerging sustainable design topics. Our (d)R&D Studio launched a research initiative to consider and address the socio, economic and environmental aspects of our design projects. We also celebrated the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery for its recognition as a 2018 AIA COTE award recipient.
1 Reduction determined using The Zero Tool, an Architecture 2030 platform developed for building sector professionals to establish energy reduction baselines and targets, compare a building’s energy performance with similar buildings and to codes, and understand how a building achieved its current energy performance.
2 GHG emissions are estimated using national average fuel ratio for energy use in buildings and EPA's Power Profiler Tool.