In order to ensure a better future for our children and our planet, each of us has to do our part in reducing our carbon footprint. Hubbell and Hubbell Architects projects have been working towards lower energy emissions and a lower carbon footprint since we were founded 25 years ago, but there is much more to do.
Drew Hubbell’s love of basketball and longing for March Madness drew him to read an article in The Delacorte Review, “The Baller,” it inspired our studio to dig our feet in (article here) to see what more we can do to address this critical issue. So the question is: How can architecture and sustainable design contribute to lowering our carbon footprint? Roughly 40% of U.S. emissions come from the heating, cooling, and ventilating of buildings, and even more in cities like New York. In comparison, transportation emissions contribute 25%. So we, as architects and designers, have the ability to lower the emission rate and contribute to a healthier society. Ed Mazria, the founder of Architecture 2030, an organization created to reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the built environment and to develop more sustainable and resilient carbon-neutral structures, said, “If architects don’t attack this, then the world doesn’t have a chance.”
At Hubbell & Hubbell, we pride ourselves in taking strides in the field of resilient designs, including natural and alternative building materials such as straw bale construction and ICF blocks. We are working towards lowering the operational energy of building designs and love to work with clients who also have that goal. If you would like to learn more about our green building designs, click here. To read more about Architecture 2030, click here.
Photo by Pavlina Kubicek.