Sustainable Solutions

An invasion of armies can be resisted... But not an idea whose time has come... -Victor Hugo

Sustainable building design aims to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. At Platinum Builders, we understand the role we can play in addressing our growing environmental concerns. We know that the word “sustainable” is not synonymous with “expensive.” We work with our clients to achieve sustainable solutions for our future – solutions that are both economically viable and socially responsible. “Green buildings” can offer direct and indirect benefits to owners, occupants, and society as a whole that traditionally constructed buildings cannot. Let us help you be part of the solution!

Passive Solar Heating Sun path diagrams allow us to design buildings that take advantage of the sun. Passive solar heating and cooling strategies maximize solar heat gain in the winter and minimize solar heat gain in the summer.

Natural Ventilation Wind path diagrams help us track the prevailing winds at a site over the course of the year. This helps us develop site specific natural ventilation strategies.

Comfort Zones In high-performance buildings, we have to manage energy and moisture with equal intensity. The psychrometric chart helps us understand how they are linked and what solutions will work best for your building.

Building Orientation Optimizing the orientation of a building can help to maximize certain aspects of its surroundings, such as visual comfort (view), solar heat gain, daylight, and natural ventilation.

Monthly Diurnal Averages The diurnal temperature range is the difference between the daily maximum and minimum temperature. These averages help us determine what sustainable design techniques might work best for your project.