High Performance Building Design

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Building occupants are more and more concerned about living and working in a safer, healthier environment.

A place that not only has sophisticated sustainable attributes, but that is more resilient to external events and capable of responding properly and quickly in case of need. Altanova’s goal for your property is to provide an efficient and sustainable environment that fosters occupant resiliency, productivity and wellness.

Our Approach

Altanova’s team of trusted advisors take a whole-building performance approach to new construction and major renovation projects. We incorporate aspects of air and water quality, sustainable materials, light and daylighting, ventilation, walkability and active design, as well as thermal and acoustic comfort into our strategies, all variables that lead to a richer and healthier experience. Additional essentials, resiliency and high-performance design solutions, are inherent in our strategy and keep future costs at bay while maintaining the wellbeing of tenants.

Altanova strives to push the boundaries of design, to create projects with the smallest environmental and social footprint that are in line with our client’s visions. Life-cycle analyses for Energy, Water, Material, Waste, Social, Financial and Environmental impacts are all considered on our projects.
Where feasible, we push for net-zero and passive-house design solutions that minimize the construction’s impacts throughout the project’s lifetime, while maximizing your occupants’ experience. Design can foster both a sense of community and a healthy lifestyle, which is why our end mission is to improve the occupant experience by maximizing comfort and quality of life, through sustainable and wellness-focused strategies.

High Performance Building design

Altanova’s team of architects and engineers push the boundaries of design, to create projects with the smallest environmental and social footprint that are in line with our client’s visions. Life-cycle analyses for Energy, Water, Material, Waste, Social, Financial and Environmental impacts are all considered on our projects. We strive to push for net-zero and passive house design solutions that minimize the construction’s impacts throughout the project’s lifetime, while maximizing your occupants’ experience.

Building construction and operations can have extensive direct and indirect impacts on the environment, society, and economy. Altanova works hard to develop the best strategies, those that achieve multiple objectives with a single solution. We aim to maximize the synergies of your building’s design and performance, to help building owners, designers, and builders in facing sustainability challenges in a positive and impactful way.

Altanova’s engineers use energy modeling computer-based programs to model the energy performance of an entire building or the systems within a building, to assist in design and operational decisions. A whole-building modeling provides valuable information about the building and system energy use as well as operating costs. Whole-building modeling accounts for the interaction between different elements of the building, such as the impact of lighting on space conditioning loads or the impact of daylighting on electrical lighting loads, as well as the impact of different building uses and occupancy patterns.

Altanova’s core competence in simulation allows us to offer a full range of building analysis services, including:

  • Whole-building energy simulation
  • Alternative energy 2D and 3D heat flow analysis in exterior/interior walls, roofs, and windows
  • Daylight and glare studies
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Specialty analyzes for data centers and cold storage facilities

Design Consulting Process

Conceptual Design

During conceptual design, Altanova’s team of architects and engineers develop a very simplified model that uses basic assumptions for many of the inputs can be used to examine large-scale impacts such as building configuration and orientation.

Schematic Design

At schematic design, a more detailed energy model is used to identify primary energy uses. Understanding which loads (space heating, cooling, lighting, water heating, etc.) are dominant provides guidance on which aspects of the building design should be targeted at the highest level for energy savings. At this stage, our designers test alternatives that will affect the overall design, such as percentages of façade glass area on the principal orientations for energy and aesthetic implications.

Design Development

During design development, a detailed energy model is used to conduct parametric analyses to evaluate alternative specifications and more fully understand the trade-offs between initial cost and life-cycle cost. The accuracy of expected use and occupancy schedules for the model is important at this stage.

Construction Documents

At this phase, the energy modeling will be necessary to document compliance with codes such as the Energy Cost Budget method in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 or the Total Building Performance section of the IECC. In many instances, energy modeling is necessary to demonstrate qualification for specific certification programs, such as Energy Star and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program or incentives such as the federal tax credits.

Master planning and high performance design guidelines

Altanova develops high-performing sustainable strategies for master plans and design guidelines for projects that involve one or more designers and phases, to ensure that design freedom and flexibility are guided by a rigorous understanding of underlying sustainability goals and options.

Real Estate Portfolio – Energy and Sustainability Assessment

Our work is equally applicable to existing real estate portfolios undergoing revision or repositioning, and campus developments. Altanova has developed a portfolio approach to assist clients with multiple buildings to optimize their investments to reduce energy and water costs in their portfolios. We typically identify at least 20% savings across a portfolio with rapid payback, as we are often able to find the most cost-effective opportunities for investment among multiple properties.

  • Erik Mets
    Erik Mets
    Director, Building Solutions
Erik Mets
Director, Building Solutions

ErikErik has thorough experience in high-performance building design and renewable energy analysis as well as energy and other environmental audits for commercial and industrial facilities. He provides green building and LEED certification assistance and advisory for projects looking at building the best possible environment for their employees or occupant. He is also performing renewable energy feasibility studies and has conducted advanced researches into solar PV, solar thermal (hot water) energy, wind and hydroelectric power.

Erik holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics from Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University in New York City. Mr. Mets is accredited as a LEED Green Associate.

Contact Information
email: emets@altanova-energy.com

Direct: +1 (347) 410 9024