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Green Ideas is a consulting firm that provides a unique perspective on performance driven building design, construction and operations that is unparalleled in the industry.

High-Performance Building Consultants

By analyzing your project requirements and through the use of cutting-edge technologies, we assist in the creation of a high-performance building. We identify and implement the most cost-effective and environmentally responsible building-science strategies.

Energy Analysis

Our energy efficiency mantra is simple…what is measured can be managed and improved. By benchmarking your energy consumption, we can help improve your bottom line.

Corporate Services

We are a client-centric organization committed to enhancing your image, position, and visibility in the transforming marketplace.

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Green Ideas’ building science approach to improving the lifecycle performance of our client’s projects reverses the negative trends commonly associated with the design, construction and operation of buildings.

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Green Ideas has been a leader in the green building community since our principals founded the Arizona Chapter of the USGBC in 2002. Our commitment to high-performance building construction and operations practices has been recognized globally. Stay up to date with our current events:

Press Release

March 1, 2021
Contact: Charles Popeck President, Green Ideas 480-220-4330 Charlie@Egreenideas.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Green Ideas Achieves 100th LEED Certification   Download Press Release Phoenix, AZ–(December 1, 2020)–Green Ideas Building Science Consultants recently completed their 100th LEED Certified project for CVS/Aetna’s building located in the Cotton Center Business Park in Phoenix, Arizona. The newly constructed 80,000 square foot business center owned by Workspace Property Trust and occupied by Aetna Insurance achieved 50 LEED points and was awarded LEED Silver level certification by Green Business Certification, Inc. The certification was the 3rd facility certified by Aetna within Cotton Center. Developed by Workspace Property Trust, Vice President of Construction and Development Eric McHugh stated “Achieving LEED Certification for the new Cotton Center project is a high mark of building excellence for Workspace and our tenant, CVS/Aetna. We are laser-focused on efficient building operations and achievement of LEED certification for this project confirms that focus. Working with Green Ideas enabled us to achieve our intended results for this impressive project and we are honored to be Green Ideas’ 100th LEED certified project.” The project implemented a wide variety of sustainable strategies to achieve high percentages of energy savings. The building features energy efficient elements including occupancy sensors and lighting controls, as well as highly efficient HVAC systems that contribute towards the facility’s 45% energy savings as compared to a typical new building. All workspaces utilize daylighting to reduce the need for artificial lighting, while providing employees with excellent views to the outdoors and creating a pleasant indoor environment. Employee productivity was also a focus for the project. The space has been designed with several multi-function areas including a new concept called “collaboration stairs” which descend from the second floor to the café area, allowing approximately 75 people to gather for quick, informal meetings and also serves as a large gathering place for larger, “all-staff” events.  All workstations were ergonomically designed to include sit/stand workstations to reduce employee fatigue, but employees can work from various locations throughout the building in order to improve productivity and enhance well-being.  An outdoor patio seating area covered by sail shades encourages employees to enjoy the outdoors. CVS/Aetna’s overall sustainability mantra was a focus of the facility design. Water efficiency was maximized through specification of low-flow plumbing fixtures and limited landscaping, which resulted in more than a 78% reduction of potable water use. Additionally, the project strategy focused on the use of sustainable and low-emitting materials, including low VOC paints, adhesives, flooring, composite wood products and furniture systems to further improve the indoor environment. The project was a collaborative effort led by Workspace Property Trust, CVS/Aetna, Wespac Construction, Shive Hattery Architecture, Balmer Architecture, and Green Ideas Building Science Consultants. Green Ideas served as the High-Performance Building Strategist, Energy/Daylight Modeler, and LEED Consultant.  Green Ideas’ President Charlie Popeck has worked closely with many building owners and developers since founding the Arizona Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council in 2002 and has been the consultant for 100 LEED certified facilities throughout the United States.

Charlie’s ASU Building Science Course at Capacity

February 9, 2021
Green Ideas’ President Charlie Popeck’s “Sustainable Construction” course at Arizona State University is once again at capacity due to its common-sense approach to the construction industry and overall campus popularity with ASU students and industry professionals. Charlie has been teaching the class at ASU’s Del E. Webb School of Construction for several years, and the class is getting more popular each semester. The course, entitled “Sustainable Construction” was created to introduce students to the concepts of building science, sustainability and high-performance design and construction as they relate to today’s Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) industry. The course studies the principles associated with sustainable construction means and methods including problem definition, a definition of “sustainability”, measures of sustainability, examination of current industry Charlie stated “I’m excited to be teaching the Sustainable Construction course again at ASU, as my personal goal has always been to improve the world through common-sense building design, construction and operation practices. Teaching the course at ASU enables me to reach many professional individuals and those who are just beginning their careers in the AEC industry, and to demonstrate how high-performance design and construction makes business and financial sense. I believe that sharing the wisdom and knowledge that I have gained throughout my 40-year career in the AEC industry is an obligation that I must move forward with”. The course has been designed to focus on key areas of high-performance building design and construction and will prepare participants to successfully pass the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Associate Professional Accreditation Exam. The course also sets the groundwork for students to achieve the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) designation if they choose to do so, which is essentially a prerequisite for career success in the AEC industry today. The course’s key areas of high-performance building design and construction include: Location and Transportation issues such as incorporation of vehicle charging stations into a project and proximity of the building to mass transit. Water Efficiency for the building and building site, which is an especially relevant topic in the southwest. Energy Efficiency, renewable energy systems and the effects of energy systems on the environment. Materials and Resources used in the industry and how material research and selection can improve the sustainability of the building as well as positively affecting the health of building occupants. How to create Indoor Environments that are sustainable and healthy for building occupants…a key issue in today’s COVID-19 world. The course also focuses on many innovative strategies that are not typically associated with building design and construction such as ergonomics for computer users within the building, using the building as an education tool, low-impact janitorial programs and sustainable pest control methods. Charlie’s “Sustainable Construction” course is offered every semester at ASU and other high-quality institutions like The School of Architecture at Taliesin. Charlie is also available to conduct this course or many other AEC-related courses that will help your organization to gain a better understanding of high-performance design, building science and building rating systems as they relate to today’s

Green Ideas Energy Modeling Services 2021

September 19, 2019
What is Energy Modeling? Energy Modeling is a necessary tool that progressive design teams utilize to implement a building science approach to the design, construction and operation of high-performance buildings.  However, Energy Modeling is often used incorrectly or at the wrong time, hindering the overall value of the tool. Our Approach Differentiates Design Teams! At Green Ideas, we utilize an Energy Model to better equip design teams with data for more informed decision making throughout the design process.  We engage an iterative methodology to Energy Modeling for comparative analysis, which provides a true building science design approach for project teams. Our process engages advanced visualization workflows so we can keep pace with stringent design timelines and budgets. Ultimately, Green Ideas will positively enhance the lifecycle operating costs for building owners (refer to Image 1 for sample energy cost data). Bringing Value to Design Teams through Advanced Energy Modeling. We utilize our proprietary Energy Modeling software and process to create Energy Models that work! Our experience with Energy Modeling and high-performance building design allows us to interact with design professionals and offer value-added recommendations that will improve the energy performance of your building.   Typical Energy Modeling Questions from Design Teams: Question 1: When should I perform an Energy Model? Answer: Our proprietary approach allows you to engage Energy Modeling and Building Science analysis from day one. While all projects differ, the earlier you engage energy conversations in the design process the better. We have provided value to design teams as early as the programming phase. Iterative peak load analysis during programming and space layout can often times reap great benefits down the line! In short, the earlier and more often you perform Energy Modeling, the better! Question 2: Can Green Ideas Energy Modeling software share information with my Revit model? Answer: Yes! Our approach to Energy Modeling integrates with existing Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows to enable expedited analysis and decision making. We can work with anything from a bar napkin sketch to a complex federated model (refer to Image 2 to see how an imported analysis model looks)! Question 3: How long does it take to get answers? What type of reporting can we expect? Answer: Our process for modeling and analysis has been created specifically to match the stringent nature and requirements of your design timeline. We aim to sync our deliverables with your project requirements in order to provide the most value. Our standard reporting method has been designed to help “tell the story” of design progression. We provide graphical results along with robust data reports so anyone on the team can understand the results (Image 3 is a sample of a schematic level summary report). Our goal is to seamlessly integrate with your project delivery approach to enhance your design services. Contact us to learn more! We always want to work with innovative and progressive design teams! Let’s transform the built environment together!

Green Ideas Daylight & Passive Ventilation Modeling Services

September 19, 2019
What is Daylight Modeling? Daylight Modeling is the science of managing natural light within buildings to minimize the use of artificial lighting while increasing energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and positively affecting the performance, mood and well-being of building occupants. Predicting, designing and planning for the impact of daylighting in a space is often misunderstood. Daylight modeling removes the design mystery and reveals an accurate depiction of daylight in any building, at any given time. Our Approach Differentiates Design Teams! Green Ideas utilizes advanced Daylight Modeling techniques, utilizing multiple calculation methodologies, to assist design teams with accurate information and recommendations for making informed daylighting decisions throughout the design process (Image 2 shows how our use of adaptive radiosity calculation methods provides a much better depiction of real daylighting conditions; traditional single ray-trace/split flux methodologies alone can lead to oversized glazing schemes which effect glare and internal solar gains).  Our methodology includes consideration of building orientation, glazing placement and types, and interior surfaces, as well as space considerations in order to provide design teams with usable comparative analyses, providing a true building science design approach to daylighting.  Through our proprietary software and analysis process, Green Ideas positively enhances indoor environmental quality while reducing operating costs for building owners. Empowering Design Teams through 3D Visualization of Data! At Green Ideas, we empower design teams by leveraging building science and 3D Visualization of data! We’ve all heard the questions… but how many times have we explored the possible answers?   Typical Daylight Modeling Questions from Design Teams: Question: How can we better control natural daylighting? Is glare going to be an issue in our interior spaces? Answer: Our proprietary software and process will provide design teams with both numerical and graphical data to enhance the design from a daylighting perspective.  We will analyze your design for maximum daylighting benefits and reduced glare. (Image 3 is a sample study depicting lux levels across a floor plate to define where glare control measures are needed).     Question: What happens when we introduce clerestory windows in an atrium space? Can we successfully filter light to adjacent spaces? Is there an adequate amount of daylight introduced in order to reduce interior artificial lighting loads during operating hours? Answer: We can assist design teams throughout any phase of the design process. Our analysis has proven useful during the programming phase to identify floor plate depth constraints, volume height constraints and window-to-wall ratio breakpoints. Utilizing atrium spaces for daylighting is a great design approach but one that must be studied in order to take full advantage of the opportunities they may present (Image 4 depicts a daylighting study of north facing classrooms utilizing clerestory windows on the northern elevation and translucent transoms, below a soffit, facing a daylight atrium space on the south elevation of the classrooms. As this is a learning environment, glare is a major issue for both the teaching and learning processes). We were able to assist in the identification of glare against projector screens and whiteboards in order to enhance the space layout based

Green Ideas President Charlie Popeck, Keynote Speaker at Smart Growth Summit

September 18, 2019
Smart Growth Summit  Be a part of the solution! Charlie Popeck shared the stage with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego on Wednesday September 25, 2019 at the Burton Barr Library in Phoenix.  Charlie delivered his insights on smart growth and reviewed his experiences planning the ASU Novus Innovation Corridor project-a 330 acre development in the heart of Tempe, Arizona. The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) project.  Charlie discussed ASU’s unprecedented vision for a future-forward urban environment and how he has assisted Catellus Development with implementation of the LEED-ND program for the Novus Innovation Corridor. How we choose to develop Arizona today will affect future generations, how we do business, where we live, work, and play. With careful planning we can make Arizona’s future resilient while reducing environmental impact, saving money, and creating jobs.

Current Project Updates

Green Ideas is excited to showcase current project happenings and highlight our successful integration with cutting-edge owners, design teams, engineering consultants and contractors!

Testimonials

“We found out that the best Green Building Consultant… the one that people recommended most was Green Ideas.”

Rich Bowen
Rich Bowen, Northern Arizona University

“The thing that we really like about Green Ideas are the people.”

Mike Gausden
Mike Gausden, Hunt Construction Group

“Green Ideas can help you in a whole variety of ways that you are probably not even thinking about.”

Adam Goodman
Adam Goodman, Goodmans Interior Structures

“We are a leader in the home storage organization industry as it relates to green building thanks to Green Ideas.”

Bob Lesueur
Bob Lesueur, Classy Closets

“Our experiences with Green Ideas have been fantastic! We have worked with them on several projects over the last decade, and one of the things that really sticks out is their spirit of collaboration.”

Bryan Dunn
Bryan Dunn, Adolfson & Peterson Construction

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