HjS Architecture is currently comprised of four practitioners with varied and diverse experience in sustainability. Two of our licensed architects are LEED accredited professionals, while our additional employees have performed sustainability research and implementation for HjS projects as well as projects prior to joining the firm. Beyond LEED, we have a cursory knowledge of Green Globes and the Living Building Challenge.
We have been successful in incorporating a number of strategies in our buildings including in-floor heating, natural lighting (via large apertures, skylights and Solatubes), natural ventilation (operable windows), solar orientation and low flow fixtures.
Currently, we are working closely with the Indigenous Peoples Task Force in developing Minnesota’s first compressed earth block building. In conjunction with earth walls, we are implementing low energy mechanical equipment, a green roof, low flow fixtures, in-floor heating and the building will be primed for photovoltaics as well as a sunken greenhouse for phase two of the development. We recognize that to build a truly sustainable future we need a synthesis of
the newest technologies, the most time tested indigenous knowledge, and a commitment to social and economic justice. Our staff believe that upholding indigenous values and traditions is essential for our society.
As architects, but more importantly as stewards, we evaluate and implement the most appropriate strategies feasible for each client and space. At times that means attaining LEED certification. Occasionally, the cost of certification doesn’t meet the client's economic goals on a project. In these cases, we believe that saving funds from certification affords alternative opportunities for the space.
Our team has measurable experience in environmentally, socially and economically sustainable practices that go beyond certifications. In the firm’s short tenure we have worked with many communities of varying faith and cultural backgrounds, including Cannon Valley Friends, The Buddhist Support Society and Darchei Noam Congregation. Among employees, HjS is involved with many causes and organizations. From organizing local TEDx events to aquaponic system design with Spark-Y, being on the board of directors for the Environmental Justice Advocates of MN to doing design work with the MN Sustainable Development Group, co-founding The Common Table’s MN Eats exhibit at the MN State Fair to developing products made from salvaged materials -
Our commitment to sustainability is woven inside our buildings and out.