Walter P Moore understands that creating a sustainable built environment is one of the foremost challenges of our generation. We embrace our responsibility and welcome the challenge to develop integrated solutions for high-performance buildings and infrastructure that use our resources responsibly. We welcome an active role in the design process and while we are prepared to provide solutions within the bounds of current rating systems, we prefer the challenge of transformation and addressing those beyond the current checklist.
We educate ourselves, our clients, and our peers on innovative and elegant solutions that reduce our environmental impact. Our goal is to practice sustainable design in a way that benefits our community, our environment, our clients, and our business.
Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment
Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (WBLCA) is an environmental accounting technique that helps designers understand the environmental impacts, such as global warming potential, acidification, or ozone depletion, on building materials and assemblies. It allows teams to make quantitative comparisons between multiple systems and understand what components within a system can make significant impacts. Walter P Moore is a nationally recognized expert in WBLCA and is well-versed in multiple WBLCA software platforms and methodologies. We participated in both LEED WBLCA Pilot Credits and are leading the analysis and documentation for the first project in the nation to pursue the LEED v4 WBLCA credit.
Low Impact Design
One of the initial adopters of Low Impact Development (LID) concepts in Harris County, Walter P Moore has helped define the LID design parameters for this region. Our LID projects range from small site landscape applications such as the historic Hermann Park in Houston, to the master plan for Springwoods Village, an 1,800 acre mixed use development where LID concepts have been used to create the development guidelines. Walter P Moore continues to set the bar with award winning Low Impact Development projects such as the Bagby Street redevelopment project, which was the first project in Texas to achieve certification under the Greenroads® Foundation sustainable roadways program.
Disaster Resilience is an essential component of sustainable design, and nearly every region is subject to extreme events. By designing a structure or system to higher performance criteria, we protect not only the building and its contents, but also the embodied energy and impacts of constructing of the building. Walter P Moore is an industry leader implementing Performance-Based Design (PBD) methods for both new design and retrofit of existing structures. PBD allows us to better predict building performance, provide more economical designs, and assess extreme building performance when the prescriptive provisions of the building code just do not apply.
While LEED certification is not available for parking garages, Walter P Moore is an early adopter of the Parksmart Certification (formerly Green Garage Certification), the world's only rating system defining and recognizing sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming, design and technology. Fewer than 200 people in the US are certified as Parksmart Assessors, and Walter P Moore is proud to be one of the few firms with certified designers. We analyze existing or new parking facilities to determine if they qualify as a Parksmart Garage, and guide our clients through the certification process.