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Sustainability in Commercial Construction Design

Sustainability is not just a buzzword in architectural and construction design: it’s a way of building with the idea to conserve as many source materials as possible with minimal environmental impact. Neenan Archistruction® is a top-rated build-design firm located in Fort Collins, Colorado. We specialize in healthcare, education, commercial, and government projects. Below, we’ll take a look at sustainability in commercial construction design. Get started today!

Use of Innovative, Sustainable Building Materials

One of the best ways that commercial construction companies can integrate sustainability into their building design is to use innovative and sustainable building materials. By focusing on creating a tight building envelope and using recycled, eco-friendly building materials, as well as considering passive solar gains is a great way to approach commercial design that is sustainable.

Have an Eye Towards the Use of and Conservation of Energy, Water, and Waste

Energy costs are some of the largest expenses of any commercial building, which means they are one of the largest uses of carbon energy. By designing buildings with water-efficient toilets and faucets and a detail-oriented outlook to the use of construction materials so that waste is minimized, commercial building designers can reduce the environmental impact overall. Investing in solar energy via solar panels is another great way to promote long-term sustainability.

Consider Sustainability When it Comes to the Occupants

Sustainability in commercial building design also considers the users of the building. Thus, it takes into account their personal wellness, which means working to incorporate natural lighting, improving air, thermal, and acoustics, and improving the overall quality of life. In sum, the building should evoke a smile when occupants walk in its front doors, which is the goal of our commercial construction company.

Invest in Nature, Greenery, and Aesthetic Value

One area that can impact all aspects of commercial design is the push towards everything “green,” meaning looking for ways to impact all aspects in an eco-friendly way. For instance, green roofs or nearby gardens can help to reflect solar radiation, absorb rainwater, and help to improve air quality by absorbing more CO2 and releasing oxygen, which is good for the brain. Plus, placing live plants throughout the building can boost employees’ and guests’ moods and truly help with productivity and high quality of life.


Neenan Archistruction® is a Colorado architecture and construction firm that believes in doing everything we can to not only craft beautiful, functional buildings for our clients, but also to do so in a sustainable, environmentally conscious way. We work one-on-one with our clients throughout the entire design and construction process using our collaborative design process. We also implement target costing, which is our way of ensuring cost is incorporated into every phase of construction so we are ensuring your design and construction project is on-time and on-budget. To learn more and to get started, reach out to us today!