Galvin Architects Charlottesville Architecture Charlottesville

SUSTAINABLE PLANNING

The term “sustainable” is often associated with “green” building products, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification. However, the term “sustainable” is increasingly being used to distinguish design at the neighborhood scale that is environmentally responsible. Environmentally responsible land development inherently employs best practices in storm water management but also seeks to promote a better jobs/housing balance, multiple modes of transportation and re-imagines existing low density, suburban environments. By designing large scale areas to be “transit-ready,” the settlement pattern is inherently pedestrian-oriented, compact and dense. By placing employment opportunities within walking distance of residences or transit stations, the need for automobile use has been diminished. By retrofitting shopping centers and office parks to be more mixed use, pedestrian-oriented, and dense with the capacity to sustain multimodal transportation options, far less agricultural land and forested areas will be consumed by suburban sprawl in the future.