submission by Sustainable Comfort, Inc.
Sustainable Comfort, Inc.is a green building and energy efficiency consulting and construction firm based in Worcester, Massachusetts. It helps developers, architects, contractors, and residents achieve healthier, resilient, and sustainable multifamily buildings through better construction practice and management and by providing clear, concise, and value-focused consulting on sustainable, energy-efficient, healthy housing.
SCI has vast experience with green building and energy efficiency programs, and specializes in Energy Star Homes, LEED for Homes, Enterprise Green Communities, Passive House, HERS Rating, State Incentive Programs, and Code Compliance.
It’s important for a company like SCI to maintain a strong central vision, and it is that vision that will be important in protecting and preserving the earth and the environment in the future. SCI’s vision is to move the multifamily market to conscious development and management, resulting in the creation of sustainable buildings that support the people who build them, call them home and the communities that surround them.
SCI is doing that by adhering to four guiding principles:
- Show up. Do what you say you will do. Be present. Nothing builds a relationship faster than face-to-face, and nothing destroys it faster than failing to deliver on a commitment. If you commit to a networking organization, be consistent in your attendance. Spend time with your colleagues.
- Have a sense of urgency. Return phone calls and emails faster than expected. Recognize that nothing reduces a client’s stress like a deliverable that arrives early. Move like there are a limited number of hours in the day. Think about what is the most important thing for you to do next. Do not procrastinate.
- Be curious. Ask questions. Read a lot. Be open and humble. Contemplate problems. Have interesting conversations with clients, colleagues, and the person next to you on the plane. The design-build field is a place where curious people thrive.
- Never let them see you sweat. Pressure makes diamonds, but let’s be honest; no one cares how diamonds are made. Everyone is busy and stressed — the best make it look easy.
SCI’s focus on a collaborative approach to energy-efficient design and construction helps create buildings that maximize the value of the building for the owner and the quality of the environment for the occupant. SCI takes responsibility for the incentive process and leading the project team through the implementation of energy-efficient construction.
They have made sure to create a team of individuals who have an extreme focus on learning the various requirements of the green building and energy efficiency programs, and the team has a natural curiosity that encourages them to dig in and determine the best path forward for a client’s project.
As energy efficiency and green building is becoming more and more important to designers and builders, keeping a focus on the vision for the future makes them feel good about what they are doing. SCI’s focus on its vision for building better combined with experience and research in this space transfers to its clients and empowers them to take the important steps and make the decisions that will benefit the earth and environment.