Integral Group is an interactive global network of engineers, architects and planners collaborating under a single deep green engineering umbrella. The firm provides a full range of building systems design and energy analysis services, with a staff widely regarded as innovative leaders in their fields. The organization is designed to specifically meet the challenge of accelerating critical change in sustainable building and infrastructure projects. Their integrated approach to building systems design allows Integral Group to enhance opportunities that nature provides, working in harmony with a building’s environment to reduce its reliance on outside energy sources and design healthy, living, breathing building systems that are comfortable, energy efficient and practical. Integral’s deep green engineering work is exemplified in the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s new headquarters building, which achieved a net zero energy certification.
For Integral Group, sustainability is second nature and their design approach continues to be a reflection of their commitment to creating a better future for generations to come. With a staff of 250 located in twelve offices across the United States, Canada, and the UK Integral Group is regarded internationally as an innovative leader in building system design.
Integral Group is an early leader in the ecodistrict marketplace. They are working with communities to help define their energy and carbon goals and targets, as well as helping to identify some of the best opportunities for energy savings or renewable energy generation at the building and district scale. “At Integral Group, we wanted to support and assist a new organization that is focused on solving the issues of sustainability at the district and community scale. EcoDistricts is the convener of this dialogue, and as an industry pioneer and leader, we are proud to be a Founding Member,” said Kevin Hydes, Founder and CEO of Integral Group.
When working on district-scale projects, Integral Group collaborates with cities to offer solutions that are policy, regulation, program and infrastructure based. They also provide municipal staff training to ensure that public policies and programs support innovation at the neighborhood scale. For example, they have designed and implemented green building incentive programs and green building codes and standards, as well as land use policies that support district energy and smart growth principles. In addition to working with municipalities, Integral Group works with existing neighborhoods, campuses, large landholders, and new brownfield developments to perform project feasibility analysis, utility business case development, and system design. Here are just a few examples of Integral Group’s leadership in designing innovative district-scale solutions and helping to build the ecodistrict marketplace:
Millennium Water, Vancouver, BC
Integral Group developed the sustainable master plan for this 8-city block, 20-building, mixed-use development that served as Vancouver’s Olympic Village for athletes and officials during the 2010 Winter Games. Their team provided the requirements for high performance buildings that capture free solar energy and resulted in overall reduction in energy demand for the entire project. Integral Group also designed the neighborhood’s energy utility, a system that uses sewage heat recovery to provide energy for meeting heating and hot water needs. Integral Group’s innovative approach helped the Olympic Village reduce energy demand by nearly 70% and eliminate over 60% of carbon emissions associated with heating buildings.
Walter Reed Army Medical Center Master Plan, Washington, DC
Integral Group is currently working on an assessment and master plan to transform 62.5 acres of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus into a lively, sustainable mixed-use development. The goal for the property is to create a long-term reuse plan for the property. Integral Group led development of the district’s sustainable utility plan. The plan calls for a set of strategies to to achieve a net zero site energy by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2040. The plan also recommends an integrated strategy to manage all stormwater onsite, reuse grey water, and treat black water.
Edmonton Airport Lands Redevelopment, Edmonton, AB
The master plan for the redevelopment of Edmonton’s airport lands repairs a large rift in the city’s urban fabric and creates a truly memorable place for Edmontonians. To achieve this, the plan, called ‘Connecticity’, fulfills the city’s goal of creating a world-class sustainable community for 30,000 residents and pursues four strands of connectedness, each embodying key sustainability principles. Integral Group proposed an innovative energy strategy that reduces carbon emissions from the community by 3.2 million tons over 20 years. Energy produced through biomass and deep geothermal sources will create enough electricity to fully meet the development’s needs. Surplus energy will be sold to public buildings within the greater area, resulting in a ‘beyond carbon neutral’ community.