our approach

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Precipitate works toward climate justice though carbon neutral design, research, and advocacy in order to create an equitable and regenerative future.

We believe that good design should be accessible to all, that it is our responsibility to foster diversity in the architecture profession, and that we can only benefit by doing so.

 

We recognize that a holistic, systems approach is critical to solving complex design challenges and that we can achieve more, more quickly, through collaboration.

early planning improves results

 

If sustainability is just an add-on to a standard code building, it will not be cost-effective or ultimately achieve your goals. We help from day one to coordinate and align design, systems, materials, and budget. We ask first what your goals should be, and then how can we best achieve them. We lead a collaborative design process with key workshops that are not only educational but an opportunity for design team members to explore appropriate project-specific solutions. We optimize performance and cost while ensuring an appropriate budget is allocated for all project phases. Ultimately this upfront alignment effort significantly reduces changes and frustrations later on when costs are highest.

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We work flexibly between architecture, sustainable design consulting, and research. Our work in one area of expertise improves our approach to the other services we offer.

  • Community

  • Single Family Residential

  • Multifamily Residential

  • Higher Education

  • Capital Facilities Planning

  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Passive House Certification 

  • Energy Modeling

  • Embodied Carbon Analysis

  • Daylight Analysis

  • Net-Zero Feasibility 

  • Resilience Planning

  • Sustainability Guidelines Consulting (LEED, B3, Enterprise Green Communities)

  • Integrative Building Performance Workshops

  • Sustainable Building Policy Advocacy

  • Embodied vs Operational Carbon Research

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Architecture Profession

  • Adjunct Faculty and Guest Lecturers