Green design protects our planet and improves everyone’s quality of life.
MAP Green, a division of Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC, is dedicated to state-of-the-art green design and consulting services for neighborhood planning, new buildings and renovations. We can assist with all project phases, including stand-alone feasibility studies, conditions surveys, and post-occupancy evaluations, as well as complete green building design services.
We believe that a well-designed built environment is essential to the life of a sustainable and healthy community, and that green design returns social, economic and environmental benefits to a community’s residents and to society-at-large.
MAP is an Enterprise Green Communities Technical Provider and a member of the United States Green Building Council. We help to identify existing incentives and financing for sustainable building components and design features from sources such as NYSERDA, Enterprise Foundation, Kresge Foundation, DHCR and HPD Green Guidelines.
Our LEED accredited staff are trained in all aspects of a green project – from the design kickoff charette through detailed technical specifications through completion of construction. We work closely with our clients to evaluate and integrate both the physical and operational aspects of their projects and to arrive at cost effective solutions that will remain sustainable over time.
MAP Green services include:
Passive House Consulting
Enterprise Green Communities Technical Provider
Sustainable Architectural Design and Master Planning
Green Renovations and Rehabilitations
Weatherization Design for Existing Buildings
Zero Energy / Carbon Neutral Design
Coordination and Support for NYSERDA and other energy efficiency programs
With our technical partners, we provide:
Computerized Energy Modeling
Renewable Energy System Design
Green Design Charrettes
Energy Retrofit Analysis and Design
High Performance Building / Systems Design
New Green Building Design
We work closely with our clients to help identify the sustainability goals for each project including: levels of energy efficiency; sustainable site planning; selection of local materials; use of renewable energy and materials; indoor air quality; return on investment; and specific levels of green certification such as LEED ratings. We then coordinate and manage the entire process from beginning to end, working with specialized engineers and other consultants as required by the specific project scope.
As a project progresses from conceptual design through final construction documents we explore and compare design options in order to achieve a building that meets our clients’ priorities and budgets.
Green Retrofits / Rehabs
We are specialists in green and sustainable retrofit and rehabilitation of existing buildings. We perform comprehensive needs assessments including evaluation of the building’s exterior envelope (walls, roofs and all exterior openings) as well as the mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
In addition to developing a coordinated design for interior and exterior repairs, modifications, and system upgrades, we will select appropriate replacement finish materials and lighting.
Sustainable neighborhood planning is another area of MAP expertise. We have designed plans for both new and infill mixed-use developments in numerous urban areas and towns, always with an emphasis on the creation of livable, pedestrian friendly environments that are well connected to the surrounding transportation infrastructure and public amenities.
Through participation in the Pilot Program of the USGBC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development certification program, we gained an awareness of how sustainable neighborhood development can be accomplished, and what potential impact these evolving standards can have as both regulatory agencies and financial institutions evaluate urban projects in development. These insights allow us to aid our clients in positioning their projects to be more competitive, in both financing and public review.