“Top Five” Energy Efficiency Strategies by Building Type

In 2014, Wilson Architects had more than 1.2 million gross square feet under design, including many types of buildings, large and small. These projects are predicted to use 58.5% less energy than comparable existing buildings of similar types.  Wilson Architects’ projects were far more efficient than the average of all projects reported for the AIA 2030 Challenge (36.9% was the AIA2030 2014 mean pEUI reduction).  We attribute this success to a custom design approach, tailoring design strategies to each project’s specific needs, with a particular focus on reducing the operating energy profile of each building.

With projects as varied as libraries, offices, classrooms, and laboratories, we are constantly benchmarking our work and researching new energy efficiency techniques. Buildings of different use “type” have dramatically different needs, requiring different architectural, structural, and mechanical design strategies, resulting in wildly different energy profiles. Our approach takes this into account, targeting design solutions at each project’s most significant sustainability challenges.

Over the coming weeks, I will highlight our recent experience with several of these use types and call attention to the “top five” (give or take a few) strategies that we have found to be most effective at reducing the energy consumption of each building type. We welcome your thoughts on these ideas, especially fresh ideas that could improve our 2015 and 2016 projects!

Stay tuned…

Office / Conference / Classroom

Maker Spaces / Innovation Labs


Physics / Engineering Labs

Biology / Pharmaceutical Labs

Chemistry Labs

Teaching Labs



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