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SUSTAINABILITY Sustainability is essential to the way we design, build and operate our buildings. We collaborate with owners, architects and contractors to create high-performance, low-energy buildings that are comfortable and healthy at every stage of their life cycles. With more than 25 years in the green building industry, we continue to expand the boundaries of sustainable design.


ALWAYS INNOVATING We actively pursue innovation in our approach to energy, materials, water and health. When we see an opportunity to optimize a building through better information and visualization, we create new tools in collaboration with our CORE studio.

WHAT WE DO We use whole-building systems thinking and leadingedge analytical tools to develop innovative sustainability solutions for the built environment. BUILDING ANALYTICS We perform whole-building environmental and energy analysis using advanced tools to predict and measure operational performance and increase occupant comfort.

• Comfort Analysis • Daylight Analysis • Schematic Energy Analysis • Advanced Energy Modeling • Parametric Daylight & Energy Analysis • Façade Thermal & Hygrothermal Analysis • Renewable Energy Potential • Life Cycle Analysis • Embodied Carbon

Our unique access to a diverse suite of internal practices allows us to reach beyond the typical sustainability consultant’s toolbox and to reimagine sustainable design to better realize the goals of our clients.

• Water Balancing

PROJECT CERTIFICATION Our multidisciplinary staff consults internationally on a variety of green building certification systems. Our services range from strategic guidance, specialized technical calculations and simulations to complete administration services geared toward individual credit requirements.

• Passive House • Living Building Challenge & Petal Certification • Net Zero/Net Positive Energy • LEED • WELL • GreenPoint Rated • BREEAM • SITES • Fitwel

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Our advanced energy modeling, daylight analysis and façade thermal analysis helped Zurich American Insurance Company achieve LEED Platinum certification for their Goettsch Partnersdesigned North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois.

SPECIALIZED EXPERTISE Making certain that buildings perform at the very highest sustainability level is not just a job, it’s our mission. Our people are personally dedicated to making a difference, and it is our passion that drives us to seek innovative solutions on every project.

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We provided building analytics and LEED certification consulting for the San Francisco Public Safety Building, which combined renovation of a historic fire station with newbuilding construction. The project met the city’s green building ordinance, gained LEED Gold certification and met additional resiliency goals.

HOW WE WORK Collaborative and at all times accessible, we partner with clients at a project’s inception to create a sustainability vision and turn it into a reality, while respecting budgetary constraints. WHOLE-BUILDING LIFE-CYCLE PERSPECTIVE We evaluate and propose design options that consider a project from material production to construction, use and through to end-of-life scenarios. We perform in-depth analysis to help clients make material, design and system choices that fully consider embodied and operational energy. This approach allows us not only to optimize operational and energy budgets but also consider other regional and global environmental impacts. COMFORT SOLUTIONS THROUGH ARCHITECTURE We use building-science expertise and data-driven strategies to develop architectural solutions that help our clients achieve high-performance, low-energy buildings. We recommend project-specific options for attaining occupant comfort while minimizing building loads and operating costs. By shifting budget dollars to highimpact architectural solutions, we increase overall long-term value for our clients.

PERSONAL COMMITMENT TO SOLVING ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH CHALLENGES We care deeply about the results of our work because we believe that high-performance, low-energy, healthy buildings lead to a better world. We are confident that our work can help solve global challenges such as climate change and water scarcity. We are proud to work at a company that aspires to be among the most sustainable in our industry – in both the way we provide services to our clients and in our business operations.




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We developed specialized parametric daylighting tools to simulate hundreds of design options, allowing clients to choose from a menu of optimized solutions.


LEADING-EDGE ANALYTICAL TOOLS FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS We use advanced analytical tools – many developed in-house to solve problems not adequately addressed by off-the-shelf software­– to inform data-driven strategies that maximize energy savings, increase occupant comfort, reduce carbon footprints and effectively create low-energy, high-performance buildings. Our team of experts uses complex simulation programs to prioritize architectural solutions over HVAC solutions to maximize building performance. CERTIFICATION PIONEERS With our 25-year history in green building certification, we’ve been involved since the beginning. Our sustainability specialists were involved in the creation and evolution of the LEED rating system and continue to implement new and exciting green building certifications such as Living Building Challenge, Passive House, and WELL Building Standard. Our practice leaders are sought-after educators on building certification, and we are a USGBC Education Partner.

THORNTON TOMASETTI OPTIMIZES THE DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE OF STRUCTURES, MATERIALS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROJECTS OF EVERY SIZE AND LEVEL OF COMPLEXITY. An employee-owned organization of engineers, scientists, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices worldwide, we support clients by drawing on the diverse expertise of our integrated practices. We are committed to being a sustainable and enduring organization and the global driver of innovation in our industry. INNOVATION AT OUR CORE

CORE is our innovation incubator, a vehicle for collaborating with project teams, academic institutions and other partners – in the AEC industry and beyond – to develop and market new technologies. CORE lab identifies and nurtures R&D projects – ranging from incremental to transformational – to create new capabilities, methods or products.


CORE studio provides technology-focused expertise to all our practices, enhancing collaboration and responsiveness through a wide range of creative initiatives.

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Thornton Tomasetti Sustainability  

Sustainability is essential to the way we design, build and operate our buildings. We collaborate with owners, architects and contractors to...

Thornton Tomasetti Sustainability  

Sustainability is essential to the way we design, build and operate our buildings. We collaborate with owners, architects and contractors to...