Sustainability

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates creates architecture that is implicitly sustainable in its capacity to endure. By designing projects of the utmost quality, contextual sensitivity, flexibility, and performance, we produce work that not only succeeds in the near term but also builds value over time.

As our practice has grown, we have reinforced this strategy by incorporating the latest methods and technologies to maximize occupant comfort while lowering long-term operating and maintenance costs, reducing consumption of non-renewable resources, and minimizing waste and negative environmental impacts during the construction process. Applying our global experience at a local scale, we develop holistic solutions that are unique to place, climate, and program and are evaluated through regional environmental performance standards such as LEED, BREEAM, Three Star, and Estidama, among others.

We extend this approach beyond the individual building to the realm of urban design with the core belief that density, as opposed to sprawl, is the best way to address the world’s most pressing issue: rapid population growth and consequent migration into cities.

The tall tower is a key part of this sustainable paradigm in which individual buildings form part of a larger system of vertical centers linked by horizontal networks of public transportation. Rather than objects in isolation, these transit-integrated, mixed-use "vertical cities" represent a sustainable model for future development whereby public transport is encouraged, land is conserved, and energy and water uses are reduced.

We apply this philosophy not only to our work, but also to the way we run our business. Developing design and operations targets, monitoring changes, reviewing strategies, and reporting progress publicly, we strive to continually improve the firm and increase our positive contribution to the environment through business and design practices that are consistent with our broader social and environmental values. The LEED Gold certification of our headquarters in New York City is one of many examples of how we fulfill this long-standing commitment.

We are also active members of the United Nations Environment Programme Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the U.K.
Green Building Council (UKGBC). We recently established a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) partnership with a local farm, reducing transportation-related pollution and providing members with direct access to fresh produce. Through these and other associations and initiatives, we work with our peers to promote an industry-wide commitment to economic, social, and ecological sustainability.

We apply this philosophy not only to our work, but also to the way we run our business. Developing design and operations targets, monitoring changes, reviewing strategies, and reporting progress publicly, we strive to continually improve the firm and increase our positive contribution to the environment through business and design practices that are consistent with our broader social and environmental values. The LEED Gold certification of our headquarters in New York City and the ISO 9001 Quality and ISO 14001 Environmental certifications of our London office (policies available upon request) are three of many examples of how we fulfill this long-standing commitment.