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Our Sustainability Planning Studio is the nerve center for establishing and tracking the energy and environmental objectives of each project.  Our dedicated and diverse team of licensed engineers, architects, and home energy raters focus on an integrated process beginning early and bringing all stakeholders to realize the Client’s program goals whether self-defined or certified through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED©), Living Building Challenge, Enterprise Green Communities, Green Globes, or ENERGY STAR.

dbHMS is proud to be part of the team of experts providing project review services to Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI©). This allows us to give our clients unique insight into the LEED© certification process and provide guidance on issues and strategies that are highly technical and complex. This helps them when point-chasing is important.  For real-world environmental and cost-cutting benefits, we work in-house with our Design, High Performance, and Commissioning Studios to foster cross-functional teams.  There, we have the tools to harness the interactions between the architecture and mechanical systems to create new, creative solutions to old challenges.   

We strive to exceed our clients’ sustainability goals by looking for creative solutions that maintain budgets and schedules and can be integrated easily into the project scope. Whether the project is seeking LEED© Certified or LEED© Platinum, every project receives our team’s commitment to creating a quality project with a positive effect on those using the building and on the client’s bottom line.

dbHMS has been recognized by the GBCI© as a LEED© Proven Provider™ for the Building Design and Construction rating system family.


   Sustainability Consulting
   Sustainability Charettes/Integrated Design Workshops
   Chicago Green Permit Consulting
   Net Zero Energy Homes
   Home Energy Rating System (HERS)
   Chicago Energy Benchmarking Consulting & Data Verification
   Grant Writing For Sustainable Design Incentives