We were one of the first firms in Texas to use experimental sustainable construction systems and we are always researching and training. MJ Neal was on the advisory committee for Austin’s Green Builder Program at its inception and was a Sustainable Building Coalition charter member.
M.J. Neal Architects is committed to offering design solutions that maximize energy efficiency and adhere to sustainable design principles. As a rule of practice, we explore sustainable strategies on all of our projects and we work within the prescribed budget to offer the most practical solutions to sustainability.
Practices we regularly apply on our projects include:
Explore LEED Certification options and strategies with our clients.
Design flexibility into the building for long-term use
Assess life-cycle costs and benefits
Attention to site placement for minimum impact
Reduce building energies’ demands through building envelope (insulation, windows, roofing), HVAC,
daylighting and smart building systems
Explore cleaner fuel sources
Maximize indoor environment – air quality, thermal control, shared natural light
Specifying eco-friendly materials (non-gaseous fabrics and carpeting to recyclable products to non-endangered wood) and indigenous materials use
Design recycling and conservation into the program–through construction to building occupancy