Honoring Our Commitment

Our world has evolved into one of unlimited needs and aspirations, yet one with increasingly limited and threatened resources. We are on a journey of continuous improvement leveraging our integrated culture to bring greater value to our clients and help solve some of society’s greatest resource challenges.

We focus on sustainable design because it matters. It matters to the greater good of improving our environment for generations to come and it matters to the clients with whom we partner. We offer specialized sustainability services that deliver enduring value by creating durable high-performance buildings, reducing cost, and optimizing resource consumption.

We stand committed to sustainability, collaborating with the AIA, DOE and EPA, continuing our leadership role with The AIA 2030 Commitment. Every year, we host Environmental Awareness Week to immerse our staff, clients and the building industry in a week-long conversation about sustainable ideas that have a meaningful impact on our daily lives.

Together, we are improving the culture of sustainability, leading by example and helping in the journey to create a better world.

The LIFE Series

CannonDesign’s progress toward a deliberately sustainable practice is best described by a single word: LIFE. Human creativity, our spirit, our arts and our architecture are the manifestations of this unique aspect of our planet. The joy we share in our work comes from the tenets of our Vision. Our collective work has resulted in a suite of remarkable documents that enable us to celebrate and share our accomplishments.


buildinglifeBUILDING LIFE

We share a challenge with every one of our clients- working with increasingly limited and valuable resources. We have organized specialized sustainability services to create enduring value through reducing cost, optimizing resource consumption, and creating durable, lasting and respected buildings. This represents a shift in the delivery of architectural and engineering services towards a true life-cycle approach and long-term client engagement.

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This design tool enables project teams to assess and purposely select materials with lower embodied energy. This tool graphically compares construction systems and materials from “cradle-to-gate” in a format that empowers design teams to make deliberate choices focused on global energy-use reductions, and allows us to make choices for our projects that have a positive supply-chain and life-cycle impact.

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waterlifeWATER LIFE

Climate change has brought energy efficiency to the forefront, but the issue of how to effectively deliver and use clean water has not been adequately addressed. There is currently no standard to document that adequately and comprehensively addresses the issue of how to efficiency use water in the design, construction and  operation of buildings. For this reason, we developed this document, which is a best practices guide to addressing water use reduction.

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renewlifeRENEW LIFE

In this document, we highlight the crucial need to employ renewable energy technologies, compiling information on educational resources, research and internal knowledge experts in a reference document for project and client teams. Building energy loads, renewable energy technologies are all covered clearly and succinctly.

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About Environmental Awareness Week

Environmental Awareness Week (EAW) is CannonDesign’s annual celebration of smart ideas, innovative technologies and iconoclastic thinkers that help guide our progress toward becoming a regenerative practice. CannonDesign invites you to join us in our offices to learn with us and be inspired by our keynote speakers.

Learn more about EAW here