Efficient mechanical systems
We specify high-efficiency mechanical systems unless our clients specifically ask us not to. These systems typically have a payback period less than three years, followed by about ten years of cost savings, so they tend to be consistent with what most of our clients want anyway. When possible within the construction budget, we use technologies like air-to-air heat exchangers to provide desirable ventilation together with minimum energy loss. Lighting is an important aspect of how we experience a building, and a tool we really enjoy using. We have been working with various high-efficiency electric lighting technologies for over 20 years. Often people assume that our high-efficiency lighting designs are incandescent, based on the pleasant light they provide. High efficiency lighting costs a little more than the incandescent alternatives, but typically has a payback period of around three years, followed by many years of cost savings.