Responsible and appropriate use of materials has been an integral part of Leo A Daly's practice since our earliest days. The notion that a building should respect and enhance its natural environment has always been a part of our design philosophy.
Prior to the establishment and recognition of the national sustainability credentialing programs of today, such as the US Green Building Council's LEED® rating system, Leo A Daly was incorporating respect and concern for energy efficiency into our designs.
In 1976, Leo A Daly received the American Institute of Architects' Edward D. Kemper Award for " ... vision and leadership to lead the AIA to take its first steps in the field of energy conservation in the built environment ... "
Energy providers and other professional associations have also honored many of our projects for their energy efficiency and sustainability. Leo A Daly received the Excel Energy Assets Award from Northern States Power; the Omaha Public Power District's J.M. Harding Award for Energy Efficiency; and the American Solar Energy Society's National Passive Solar Energy Design Competition Merit Award.
We have utilized a variety of sustainability rating systems as they have been developed, such as the US Army Corp of Engineers' SPIRiT rating tool.
We collaborate with our clients to select sustainable building materials, responsible energy-efficient mechanical and lighting systems and maximize daylighting by using the most efficient materials and techniques. The cost benefits to clients are many. Developers will realize that buildings employing sustainable design methods often see fewer vacancies and can earn higher rental rates than traditional buildings. Studies have shown a 40% increase in sales in retail environments that use daylighting instead of artificial lighting. Similarly, studies show that students perform better in spaces designed utilizing natural light and good indoor air quality. Intelligently designed workplaces also improve health, safety and productivity, benefiting both employers and employees.
As a front runner in sustainability in architecture and design, Leo A Daly has for several decades helped clients reap these benefits. More than 35 years ago, our firm's use of daylighting techniques developed by the US Department of Energy and additional unconventional design features reduced energy use in Lockheed's Building in Sunnyvale, California to 45% of the California code. Omaha, Nebraska's Westside High School, redesigned by Leo A Daly, reduced its operating costs by 30% by using geothermal water source heat pumps. We assisted the University of Nevada Las Vegas with reducing energy consumption at its Lied Library by incorporating daylighting and an automated storage and retrieval system. Precisely these types of innovations put Leo A Daly at the forefront of sustainability design initiatives.