Built Ecology collaborates as strategic advisors, technical resources and hands-on implementation support with clients across the U.S. and globally to guide them toward the creation of a more sustainable, healthy and resilient built environment.
Much of the team’s core work includes the design of high-performance buildings and certifications like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council, Passive House International (PHI) and the WELL Building Standard, where computational design algorithms are developed to optimize buildings for daylight and energy performance.
“WSP is becoming the kind of firm that is oriented around the future reality of decarbonization, resiliency and creating the foundation to have truly great cities,” said Josh Radoff WSP USA Built Ecology director. “We are experts in sustainability with an opportunity to manage and work on some of the firm’s larger, more innovative projects.”
Projects include district energy and water systems, integration of renewables and pushing towards zero energy and zero carbon, where a building or district generates all of the renewable energy it consumes.
One example is Boston’s Winthrop Square, a new 691-foot tower that will be the third tallest in Boston when complete, and where the group is exploring the interplay of healthy building design, occupant wellness, and significant energy use reduction from industry standard.
“The design and ownership team worked closely with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) from the concept stage of the project to envision a building prepared for the future,” said Claire McKenna, lead sustainability consultant on the project. “We felt that pairing PHI and WELL provided value for the owner, the tenants and the city, and lowering peak loads, improving for thermal comfort, and reducing greenhouse emissions compared to other buildings built today.”
But Built Ecology’s work extends well beyond innovative high performance building design, and into smart building technology, district energy systems and microgrids, healthy buildings and communities, and includes collaboration with all WSP sectors to enable a much broader delivery of sustainability related outcomes.
“It seems like there isn’t a week that goes by that doesn’t have a new project or pursuit where we are collaborating with other WSP sustainability groups to enhance our approach,” Radoff said.