Environmental sustainability begins with individual designers using careful calculations to make informed decisions about their projects. And for the full-service landscape architecture team at Holcombe Norton Partners, achieving sustainability certifications for their sites centers around the use of data-rich models and intelligent worksheets.
“I use worksheets to help meet all kinds of local codes and landscape ordinances,” says Stephen Schrader, associate landscape architect at Holcombe Norton Partners. “Once I balance out those requirements, I’ll put the worksheets right onto the design drawing. This makes it easy for reviewers to see that I’ve completed all the background work. And just like with any other facet of the design process, meeting all the legal requirements for a site plan, in addition to rating systems like LEED and the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), can become a bit of a balancing act.”
To learn more about how Schrader accomplishes this balancing act with Vectorworks Landmark software and take an in-depth look at intelligent landscape architecture in action, check out the Holcombe Norton Partners case study.