Vol. 2, Issue 3  |   06.2009

In 2008, TAG embarked on an ambitious undertaking – the purchase and revitalization of an office building for the re-location of our Austin headquarters. From day one of the project, our mission was to “push the boundaries” of our passion and commitment to sustainable design and building practices.

Our aim was to incorporate leading-edge principles, processes and materials in innovative ways to create a “sustainable design showcase” – as well as an inviting, optimized environment for supporting our team's creativity and productivity, and the future evolution of our company.

The project provided invaluable opportunities for TAG to experiment with forward-thinking sustainability concepts and to strengthen our collaborative relationships with “green vendors.” This enabled us to explore exciting new horizons – while expanding our sustainable building knowledge and mastery – for our own benefit, but most importantly, for the benefit of our clients.

Our new space is still evolving, as we navigate our way to completion – so stay tuned for updates. And, let us know if you would like to drop by for a tour!

— TAG International, LLP

Maximizing Your Green Building Potential®
A Practical Guide to Sustainable Development

Step 2: Site Evaluation and Land Planning

Rule of Thumb: Know the lay of the land.     

Site selection starts with a comprehensive review of how a potential site will align with your business model and strategies, as well as the clarification of your site requirements and sustainable development goals.

Incorporating green concepts at this stage presents opportunities for realizing strategic gains including optimized land use, new operational efficiencies, reduced environmental impact and significant cost savings. Your site evaluation should incorporate key considerations such as maximizing the site's usability and long-term flexibility, minimizing your footprint and “relative disruption”, revitalizing and reusing existing structures, working in harmony with environmental factors and contributing to the overall fabric of the city or neighboring surroundings.

Above all, a willingness to think creatively, from a big picture perspective, will help you realize your project's ultimate green potential and fully leverage the value of your real estate over its lifespan.

Industry Focus: Commercial/Office

While many sustainable building principles can be applied universally across a wide variety of projects, a commercial office project poses some unique challenges and opportunities.

TAG's approach centers on one concept – it's about the people.

We believe that a commercial office project should incorporate key “human factors” such as providing individuals with enhanced control over their workspace, as well as an inviting setting that balances functionality, flow and connection to the outside environment.

A well-designed office space – with natural lighting, an open flow, and views to the exterior – increases productivity and efficiency. The mental impact of these design approaches can also enhance creativity, morale, physical health and collaboration between co-workers.

Incorporating the appropriate green practices, processes and materials into an office environment can deliver significant short-term and long-term gains – from cost reductions in daily operations to increased flexibility for future company growth.

Spotlight: Green Building Innovations

To create the company’s “sustainable design showcase”, TAG worked with vendors who offer the latest innovations in green building products. The TAG office project incorporated cutting-edge products that not only use eco-friendly materials and processes, but also offer a new level of flexibility for future agility and maximum reuse. Examples include:

Flooring: TAG installed a modular “floating floor” carpet solution from InterfaceFLORTM using a unique TacTilesTM installation approach that eliminated the need for spread glues – dramatically reducing the use of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). This durable, highly flexible carpeting system was easy to install and allows TAG to rearrange, replace and reuse individual carpet tiles.

Walls Working with Workplace Resource and DIRTT Environmental Solutions, TAG used pre-engineered, pre-manufactured movable glass walls to create an open, highly aesthetic office environment that provides both functional agility and future adaptability.

Lighting:  One of TAG’s key clients, Genlyte Group (now part of Philips Lighting) generously assisted TAG in creating a comprehensive, energy-efficient lighting system, using Lightolier indirect fluorescent lights that provide glare-free illumination for a high-quality visual environment, Energy Star® qualified recessed downlights with long-life compact fluorescent lamps, and occupancy sensors in private offices to automatically turn off lights when not in use to reduce energy consumption.

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