All SKB projects are designed to be sustainable, and all specific technical decisions are chosen in favor of the sustainable solution unless a client’s requirement dictates otherwise.

When the green movement began to gather momentum, SKB realized that sustainable design greatly involved the human engineering of how designers and architects select materials and construction systems. SKB was one of the first design firms in the Washington metropolitian area to completely reorganize its resource library so that the sustainable choice was the first option available and searching for it did not require extra time and attention.

SKB created an in-house Green Team to review product data submitted by manufacturers. The Green Team evaluates the products’ sustainability, and if they meet the requirements, they are tagged with an SKB Green label and incorporated into the resource library. Consequently, the team can stay focused on meeting the client’s technical and spatial needs without the extra concern of whether the project meets the client’s sustainable objectives.

Nearly every SKB project can meet a LEED Silver or higher certification level, although most clients prefer not to spend the money on the fees associated with obtaining LEED certification. It is common that SKB is retained to design a guide to the sustainable features of the project for the client’s staff and visitors.