May 5, 2022

Why Sign the MEP 2040 Commitment?

MEP Firms Signing the Commitment

AKF Group

New York AKF believes both in doing things right and doing the right things. For many years AKF has been committed to reducing the environmental impact of all projects we work on. As the urgency of addressing the climate crisis increases, we recognize that our commitment must now also increase. As the market and industry evolves it becomes clear that, in the not distant future, building design will need to be carbon free building design. AKF is committed to being a technical expert in making this achievable, in educating our clients of the how and why and thinking differently about the way buildings have been designed to get there.

Bala Consulting Engineers

Philadelphia We believe that as an engineering firm we have a unique opportunity to not only reduce our own impact but also to make a difference on the impact of others, along with the Design Community. Sustainability is at the heart of our mission and culture, and we are excited to be a part of an engineering-specific challenge that will help move our industry forward towards a carbon-free future.

Ballinger

Philadelphia A more prosperous future is contingent on a healthy and resilient world. As an integrated practice of architects and engineers, Ballinger has a responsibility to apply our expertise and ingenuity to design the most sustainable buildings possible. As signatories of both the AIA 2030 and SE 2050 commitments, Ballinger believes the MEP 2040 Challenge aligns with our goal of significantly reducing operational and embodied carbon in our designs, with an ultimate net zero carbon objective. We are proud to be a part of this growing movement and look forward to meeting the Challenge.

BR+A Consulting Engineers

Boston We are advocates for sustainability and a livable climate for everyone. This is core to our beliefs and our business.

Buro Happold

Boston Buro Happold is committed to reducing whole-building carbon emissions, both operational and embodied, and designing a pathway to carbon neutrality for all our clients. Embodied carbon within MEP systems has been a research priority for us, expanding our life cycle assessment (LCA) work beyond structure and envelope, so that we can provide holistic, comprehensive climate action guidance to our clients. We are looking forward to contributing to and learning from the growing expertise in our industry on this topic, and we celebrate all our peers’ efforts to do the same in response to the Carbon Leadership Forum’s MEP 2040 Challenge.

CannonDesign

Boston Addressing climate change is one of the greatest opportunities for our generation to impact the future of humanity.

Clark Nexsen, Inc.

Virginia Beach Clark Nexsen is committed to collaborating with our clients, other building designers, and manufacturers to reduce the impact of the built environment on climate change. We are signatories to the AIA 2030 Commitment and SE 2050 Challenge initiatives, and look forward to more fully engaging our MEP disciplines in this work through the MEP 2040 Challenge.

CMTA, Inc

Cincinnati CMTA’s mission has always been to leverage our expertise and passion to serve the greater good. We’re making the MEP2040 commitment to continue doing just that. We recognize the urgent global need to reduce GHG emissions within the MEP industry, and we believe this commitment is an important step towards that end.

DLR Group

Washington DLR Group has a long-standing commitment to the Architecture 2030 Challenge. As an integrated design firm, we recognize the importance of given all team members a role in addressing climate change. Our engineering teams have contributed to significant reductions in operational carbon and are excited to help drive market transformation on embodied carbon, also complementing our commitment to SE2050.

Doug Shortridge – BIM Innovation

El Cerrito I am a licensed plumbing, piping, fire protection, and boiler contractor (Cal Lic. 566474). I am also a hands-on union plumber working for large contractors intermittently. I am also a Revit MEP detailer working for same contractors intermittently. I have previous experience in developing a prevailing wage payroll processing system useful USA-wide. Currently I am developing a patent pending craft-training and element-specific ECC add-in to Revit. IMPEL+ 2022 cohort member.

EwingCole

Philadelphia Signing the MEP 2040 Commitment reinforces EwingCole’s broader mission to bring the built environment into alignment with the health of our communities and the planet – to create spaces where all of nature can thrive. As engineers and architects, we must exercise leadership and acknowledge responsibility in designing and renovating the built environment. The MEP 2040 Commitment provides us the opportunity to support the MEP equipment manufacturing industry in its pursuit of LCA and EPD development, to implement best practices for refrigerants that balance embodied and operational carbon emissions, and to collaborate on project processes that support of these goals.

EXP

Maitland, FL EXP is committed to reducing the impacts that our organization and our projects have on the built environment. EXP is a global firm that reaches clients and projects around the world, in six key areas of practice: Buildings, Earth & Environment, Energy, Industrial, Infrastructure, and Sustainability. Advocacy from our experts is important to making significant changes in the way we, as an industry, design, construct and operate our buildings and sites.

FISAIR

Madrid, Spain There is a clear need for change in the way we relate to the planet. The only way to achieve this is through the participation of society as a whole. Fisair, as a manufacturer and major consumer of resources and energy, must have in its main strategy to reduce its impact. The help of the community in this demanding journey is very much appreciated.

Glumac
A Tetra Tech Company

Portland Glumac is a full service MEP engineering design firm with sustainability embedded in our mission and values. We have an obligation to our clients and the industry to make zero carbon designs an everyday reality and the CLF commitment allows us to share and learn from our peers, so we can collectively move faster and achieve performance results.

GREENVIET

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Embodied carbon is less mentioned in conversations or policies nowadays compared to operational carbon. However, reducing embodied carbon will drive radical changes of manufacturing as well as the ways we design, select specifications,… As a green building consulting firm with 10 years of experience, with dozens of projects in the portfolio each year, GreenViet see our responsibilities in taking an active role in this roadmap.

HOK

San Francisco HOK is committed to achieving carbon neutrality across our entire global design portfolio by 2030. As a leader in Sustainable Design and one of the first signatories to the AIA2030 Commitment and SE2050 Challenge, we recognize the importance and urgency in reducing the significant impact of building systems on operational and embodied carbon. We believe that transparency and accountability are critical to this process and are pleased to join this industry-wide effort to address climate change and to create health, resilient and equitable environments for generations to come.

Integral Group

Oakland We help our clients understand the whole life environmental impacts of their designs both at the architecture and MEP level to make the best decisions. MEP systems can have a huge impact on global warming both from an operational and embodied carbon perspective. Up to 50% of the embodied carbon impact of a new building comes from MEP systems and yet most life cycle analysts rely on estimates varying widely from reality. To address this problem Integral Group has committed to a five-year research plan to advance and share knowledge in embodied carbon in MEP design with the whole industry (e.g. through CIBSE publications). Joining the MEP2040 Challenge was a natural extension to the work we have already committed to, and we look forward to collaborating with other partners to accelerate the industry.

Jaros Baum & Bolles

New York JB&B has a long history of leading progressive designs to reduce energy and operational carbon emissions. We are actively engaged in several all-electric designs which, with grid decarbonization, will have 0 emissions. We understand that embodied carbon is the next frontier for emissions reductions, and we are exited to join this commitment and help focus the industry on this very serious challenge.

Kohler Ronan

New York Kohler Ronan’s mission is very much aligned with the commitments set forth by MEP 2040. We have designed multiple net zero, passive house, and LEED certified projects in the past and we are striving for even higher targets in the future – focusing on embodied carbon and a holistic sustainability approach in the company. We would love to join other companies in the industry to help shape our design for a more sustainable future.

Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

Charlotte Little has adopted a sustainability philosophy that we work every day toward a goal of designing projects that not only do less harm, but ultimately do good – regenerative projects that achieve a successful balance between environmental, economic, and human factors. Our engineering team is fully committed to this philosophy, and therefore is also fully committed to the goals of MEP 2040.

MEPCE Inc.

Irving As engineers, we understand the need to exercise leadership in creating the built environment. We believe we must alter our profession’s practices and encourage our clients and the entire design and construction industry to join with us to change the course of the planet’s future. A multi-year effort will be required to alter current design and construction practices and realize significant reductions in the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources and waste production and promote regeneration of natural resources. M.E.P. Consulting Engineers, therefore, want to take on this commitment for the MEP 2040 Challenge.

P2S Inc.

Long Beach P2S is committed to helping our client realize and achieve the benefits of building decarbonization. Building decarbonization serves as the fundamental basis of a climate neutral future if significant environmental and other risks are to be avoided.

PAE Engineers

Seattle PAE is committed to helping solve the planet’s energy and water crisis and this is a key step with this.

PLAEX Building Systems Inc.

Hampstead, Canada We are committed to building an ecosystem of environmentally responsible, innovative, circular design building materials, made from currently unused and underused waste streams; for the construction of simple, Eco-friendly, sustainable structures that will withstand storms, floods, earthquakes, and insects; all while reducing your carbon footprint and saving energy costs.

Positive Energy

Austin Signing this commitment is a gesture that confirms where we have been as engineers for many years. We have long been electrification evangelists and regularly find ourselves on the front lines of the electrification conversations that turn the supertanker. The hardest part has been not losing heart in the face of apathy. We push hard for our projects to not use fossil fuels and have even recused ourselves from projects that refuse see past the status quo. The stunned expressions from our clients speaks to their surprise that we care about our values so much as to do that. We are working intentionally working at the place where engineering and architecture converge. It’s not always a pleasant place to be but we are finding it to be the most effective leverage point. The architectural design process itself is a “technology” that can be optimized and outcome focussed. The process where the clients/owners/developers call the shots needs to end. They often have the least expertise and perspective. In the same way that we promote passive house quality enclosures without offering a choice, we specify heat pumps for space and water heating as standard and don’t give fossil fuel options. We are also true believers in the power of education and advocacy. We know it works. Along that line we are eager to share an interview w/ anyone at MEP2040/CLF who was instrumental in putting this together. Honestly it’s been on our minds here at Positive Energy to set something like this up – ever since hearing about SE2030 many years ago. That being said, education can only go so far. We are at a time where societal forces need to shift and we need to get beyond just talking about change. Knowing how to build sustainably is insufficient, we need to cause that to happen. Which is why the power of a commitment is an important and necessary step on the path forward. As mammals, we are far more relational than rational. What is important now is that the MEP “peer group” signals that its values and actions are changing.

Resource Engineering Group

Crested Butte REG has been committed to reducing the impacts of the built environment since our company inception in 1997. This commitment is 100% inline with our goals and the engineer approach we bring to our projects.

Rushing

Seattle This commitment aligns with Rushing’s work and mission. We strive for Zero Carbon and see the value in setting a schedule/deadline of 2040, specific actions, and measurable progress, to create real change around carbon reduction. We have an integrative, multidisciplinary team providing full MEP services, lighting design, commissioning, energy analysis (calculating operational carbon) AND a sustainability team which, among other things, focuses on embodied carbon and detailed product data procurement (EPDs, HPDs, Living Building Materials Petal). We’re perfectly positioned to drive towards this target, and we have deep passion to fuel it.

Ryan Soames Engineering

New York Ryan Soames Engineering is committed to producing energy efficient MEP designed solutions which reduce annual energy consumption and lower carbon emissions for our clients. Ryan Soames Engineering is an industry leader in MEP engineering utilizing innovative designs and the latest technology to provide solutions for our clients which meet their energy efficiency and corporate sustainability goals without compromising the indoor environmental conditions or any reduction in performance of the engineered systems. Ryan Soames Engineering have produced designs for many award winning low energy buildings plus various LEED and WELL accredited projects.

Sazan

Seattle With new research now published highlighting the importance of both operational and embodied carbon associated with MEP systems in buildings our firm recognizes we can and should do more to push the industry, and push ourselves. In addition, we are excited that MEP firms now have a commitment that mirrors Arch 2030 and the newer SE 2050.

SmithGroup

Washington DC As an fully integrated Architecture, Engineering, and Design firm committed to driving decarbonization in all of our disciplines, we believe that full life-cycle solutions are needed to address the climate crisis. Our engineers are uniquely positioned to support both a rapid elimination of operating emissions as well as embodied carbon from the systems that we specify.

Staengl Engineering

Charlottesville Increasing efficiency and reducing Carbon is in our DNA. We are happy to sign a commitment to encourage other firms to design only low carbon projects.

Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.

Los Angeles Syska has been a longtime advocate for designing energy efficient and sustainable buildings. But as the impacts of climate change accelerate, it is obvious that a more aggressive and holistic commitment is required from engineers, architects, and builders. We are especially excited that the reach of the MEP 2040 Challenge goes beyond operational carbon emissions to include the environmental impact associated with building materials as well. We look forward to collaborating with building owners, product manufacturers, and architects alike to achieve the grand goals set forth in the MEP 2040 Challenge.

Taylor Engineers

Oakland We support the mission of CLF and recognize the need for MEP systems to be included in accounting for building embodied carbon. We want to join other firms in creating, sharing, and practicing strategies to reduce the MEP embodied carbon footprints of our designs.

TLC Engineering Solutions

Orlando TLC Engineering Solutions is a proud signatory to the MEP 2040 Challenge. The decisions we make concerning refrigerants, materials, systems types, and equipment sizing have a profound impacts on both embodied and operational carbon emissions. We also recognize that our design decisions intertwine with selections for other building elements, particularly for structural and envelope systems. The architecture, engineering and construction community’s advocacy, call for transparency of materials in equipment, and incorporation of low-carbon solutions in the built environment is essential to eliminating carbon emissions and equivalents in the next two generations.

UMC

Seattle To learn, to show local leadership, to connect with like minded partners, a good business decision, market demand, staying current. We can go on and on!

Vanderweil Engineers

Boston Vanderweil Engineers was one of the first engineering firms to sign the AIA 2030 Commitment, and has been a consistent supporter of the transition to net zero emissions, including reporting to AIA2030 for eight years. We welcome this opportunity to partner with the industry to also focus on embodied carbon and refrigerants in order to truly make our projects and industry net zero carbon.

Windward

Atlanta Windward Engineers & Consultants was founded on the idea that we, as professionals, carry a tremendous responsibility to be advocates for conscientious design and thoughtful stewards of the environment. By joining the MEP 2040 pledge, we are making a commitment to help deliver a sustainable world to future generations.

The MEP 2040 Challenge:

“All systems engineers shall advocate for and achieve net zero carbon in their projects: operational carbon by 2030 and embodied carbon by 2040.”

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