A building must maintain heights and clearances as well as other building elements to address the specific needs of disabled people.
The physical appearance and image of building elements should be considered as a part of decisions made throughout a project.
Life cycle cost of different systems is analyzed along with how this impacts first cost of a facility. This becomes a key component when weighing options and concepts throughout design. ZDS communicates the cost/benefit between systems so that the best fit is selected to move forward with. Effective communication is vital so that everyone involved understands project goals and why design decisions are made.
Building spaces, systems performance, durability, and flexibility all are considered.
If applicable to a facility the historic elements are thought of in one of four ways: preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, or reconstruction.
This highly focuses on occupants and occupant well-being. Air quality, lighting, workspace considerations, technology, and more.
This pertains to fire protection, fire alarming, protection of assets, consideration for man-made hazards and natural disaster planning.
Environmental and sustainable performance of a facility from construction through operation.
Improved productivity of occupants and greater learning abilities. There is a direct link between the physical condition of a facility and the performance of its occcupants. Optimization of lighting and superior indoor air quality play major roles in overall satisfaction when occupying the facility.
Lower operating costs through the use of energy efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
Improved reliability of building systems
Reduced environmental footprint