pinnacle db | SUSTAINABILITY

Pinnacle DB, has always recognized the direct link between good design and awe inspiring spaces improving our state of mind, body and spirit.  Combined with our love and respect for the natural world, our approach to integrated design within building construction has consistently provided natural day lighting, ventilation, passive solar heat gain, and sustainable material choices combined with architectural details that endure.  While these strategies have existed since the beginning of time, many fail to realize the benefits.  Fortunately, the respect towards sustainable living and its relationship with nature has grown and thus created vast improvements in material technologies, product recycling, and concern for a buildings life cycle. Pinnacle DB, maintains this classical ideal of sustainability and reinforces every design decision with products that do make a difference to our environment. We strictly utilize local suppliers, environmentally conscious manufacturers, reuse materials, and always recycle our debris. Below are some examples that we strive to include in all our projects (where applicable):

  • Recycled denim cotton for building insulation which doesn’t contribute to greenhouse gases.
  • FSC certified wood products for ensuring sustainably harvested forests.
  • Reuse of old lumber for trim and floor finishes.
  • Zero or Low V.O.C. products eliminating or reducing off-gassing inherent in building materials.
  • Hydronic Heating (aka Radiant Floor) eliminating dust circulation, providing superior distribution of heat, and reducing temperature swings.
  • Photovoltaic Arrays (aka Solar Panels) reducing energy consumption.
  • Natural Cross ventilation eliminating or reducing the need for A/C.
  • Site specific planning to maximize proper solar heat gain and shading, daylighting and minimize environmental impact.
  • Strategic exterior wall finish and insulation details,  a major contributor to building efficiency.

Of course many people still have the reluctance to truly focus on the importance of sustainability. And many times it is due to the added First Cost of building construction. That was true years ago, but with the growth of living sustainably and the increased availability of sustainable materials, the real product costs have decreased.  Many times the First Costs can be offset with incentives such as tax credits for improving insulation and utilizing Solar Panels.  Fortunately, we as Design-Builders can keep sustainability integrated into our decisions, maintaining full control and understanding of our effect on the built environment.