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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 science community since our president Charlie Popeck founded the Arizona Chapter of the USGBC in 2002. Our commitment to high-performance building design, construction and operations practices has been recognized globally. Stay up to date with our current events:

GBCI to Increase Pricing For LEED Registration & Certification Fees May 1st, 2023

March 7, 2023
We just heard that LEED registration and certification fees for the following LEED rating systems will increase starting May 1, 2023: Building Design and Construction (BD+C)-Includes Core & Shell Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) Neighborhood Development (ND) This amounts to a 12% overall increase.We wanted to let you know that fees can be paid in advance to avoid the increase.Green Ideas can help with project registrations for your current or future projects, along with paying the certification fees in advance. Please contact us at info@Egreenideas.com or 602-635-7925 if you have any questions or need help.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Terminal to Receive LEED Silver certification

December 22, 2022
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is wrapping up the eighth and final concourse at Terminal 4 with a coveted LEED Silver certification. Green Ideas is proud of their role supporting McCarthy Building Companies with their LEED Certification responsibilities on this high-profile project. Designed by Smith Group JJR and Corgan Architects, the T4S1 project is the eighth and final concourse at Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4. The 129,636 SF project is a 3-level concourse with a basement, apron, and passenger levels, and will also include connector and transfer bridges, an expanded security checkpoint, eight new gates, an expansion of the ticketing area, baggage handling upgrades, concessions and retail facilities. The CMAR construction contract was awarded to McCarthy who requested Green Ideas’ assistance with the General Contractor required LEED documentation. Green Ideas has a reputation for supporting General Contractors on innovative building projects, helping them achieve the highest levels of LEED certification for their clients. After 20 years in business we continue to find inspiration in every new project.

Green Ideas Celebrates 20 Years of Building Science Success

October 24, 2022
Contact: Charles Popeck President, Green Ideas 480-220-4330 Charlie@Egreenideas.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Green Ideas Celebrates 20 Years of Building Science Success   Download Press Release Phoenix, AZ–(October 6, 2022)– October 2022 marks Green Ideas Building Science Consultants’ 20th year of helping businesses, universities and Architecture-Engineering-Construction professionals create resource-efficient projects with minimal environmental impact and maximum return on investment. Charlie Popeck, President of Green Ideas and one of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals in the United States, founded the Arizona Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2002, which was the second-ever chapter of the national non-profit organization. Charlie has personally trained more than 40,000 industry professionals to pass the LEED Professional Accreditation exams over the last twenty years. After two decades performing building science consultation, the company has completed over 150 high-performance building projects, including 110 LEED-certified projects throughout the country. From the iconic Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona (LEED Silver) to the BASF Near-Zero Energy Home in New Jersey (LEED Platinum), Green Ideas maintains its business approach to high-performance building design, construction, and operations. Other notable projects include the Intel Ocotillo Campus, one of the most complicated manufacturing facilities on earth, and the General Dynamics Roosevelt and Hayden facilities, the largest LEED-certified industrial projects in the U.S. at the time of its certification. A complete list of Green Ideas’ projects can be found here. Since its inception in 2002, Green Ideas has worked closely with many building owners and developers to save massive amounts of energy and water. Upon reaching the company’s 20th-year milestone, Charlie stated, “We’ve had some challenges transforming the commercial real estate market over the years but I’m proud of the energy and water savings we have achieved, as well as creating healthy indoor environments for building occupants…all while saving clients operating and maintenance costs.” About Green Ideas® Building Science ConsultantsGreen Ideas is a full-service building science consulting firm offering 3D energy and daylight modeling, building commissioning, and world-class LEED certification services. The firm is designated as a LEED Proven Provider by Green Business Certification Inc. and is a certified B Corporation. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, real estate developers, facility managers, and corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through high-performance building practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting building science through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations. Follow Green Ideas on Linkedin for more up-to-date information and latest projects.  

Green Ideas Achieves 100th LEED Certification

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.

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!

Charlie Popeck Teaches Sustainable Construction Course at The School of Architecture

January 26, 2023
Green Ideas President Charlie Popeck began his “Sustainable Construction”course at The School of Architecture (formerly The School of Architecture atTaliesin) for the Spring 2023 semester in January. Classes were traditionally heldat Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona but are now being held at Arcosanti,located in the heart of central Arizona. Founded in 1970, Arcosanti is a project of The Cosanti Foundation, a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a reimagined urbanism thatbuilds resilient and equitable communities sustainably integrated with the naturalworld. At Arcosanti, this mission is achieved through experimentation andapplication of the principles of arcology, a combination of the words architectureand ecology that offers an alternative to urban sprawl. Charlie has been teaching this very popular course for many years, with apersonal goal of educating future design professionals about the benefits of high-performance building design. The course is once again at capacity, due to thepopularity of sustainable design and construction practices, and ofcourse…Charlie’s popularity in the Architecture-Engineering-Constructioncommunity. Learn more about Arcosanti here. Learn more about The School of Architecture here.

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!


“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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