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Sustainability Is Our Commitment

Stewardship, integrity, and well-being — creating positive change in a complex world. At Bruner/Cott, sustainability isn’t just a concept; it’s a commitment. We believe in a shared responsibility to honor our planet and do our part to help restore ecological balance. As architects, we have a unique opportunity to go beyond doing no harm to create positive change by designing built environments that are regenerative, economically responsible, ethical and equitable, and respect the long-term carrying capacity of the earth.

Sustainability Drives Design

Successful design must consider environmental impact, human well-being, and social responsibility. Building standards like Passive House, LEED, the Living Building Challenge, and WELL support this integrated approach by providing a predefined set of principles to guide decision making during the design process. We work with our clients to define these values within the context of their own aspirations and to choose the tools and methods that are right for their project. With input from carefully chosen teams of expert consultants, we navigate the sea of information related to material selection, energy and water conservation strategies, renewable energy options, and passive design. We empower clients to make educated decisions about which approach best aligns with their goals while maintaining our commitment to design excellence.

Through our work, we contribute to a better world

As leaders and innovators, we pursue ever more progressive strategies for sustainable design.

  • The AIA 2030 Commitment, of which Bruner/Cott is a proud signatory, is an actionable climate strategy that gives our industry a guideline and set of standards to achieve net zero emissions in the built environment.
  • Our AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten award, a certified Living Building, and numerous LEED Platinum, Gold, and Silver certified projects are demonstrations of our belief and passion for high-performing sustainable architecture.
  • Bruner/Cott Architects was founded on the principles of sustainable design including deploying passive solar and geothermal systems and a hydro-electric power plant in the 1970’s-1990’s – long before they were common.
  • Over 5 million square feet of buildings  (and counting) have been creatively recycled/reused.