Sustainable Practices & Standards

Johnson Roberts Associates is an architecture firm with a focus on design for communities: academic communities, religious communities, neighborhoods, towns, and cities. To us, designing for communities means a commitment to the people, place and environment that make up each community we work with. That’s why we believe in designing buildings with purpose and beauty, sustainability and suitability for the communities who will use them and the environment we all share.

Sustainability has been a focus since our firm was founded in 1996 and is integral to our practice at every phase of design and construction. From reviewing siting, massing and building systems at the conceptual phase to carefully specifying materials with low embodied carbon, sustainability is interwoven into all aspects of our work.

As a signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment since 2018, we strive for all projects to be carbon-neutral by 2030. We are proud to be among the 27 firms nationwide (15% of participating firms) that met the 70% energy reduction target for 2019.

We use LEED Silver as a basis for design standards, regardless of whether a project will be submitted for LEED certification. Our approach is that designing buildings to be high-performance, low-carbon, and greenhouse-gas-free should be as much of a given as meeting the code and program.

We take pride in the progress we’ve made toward higher-performance, lower-carbon, and more resilient and enduring buildings. We are constantly working to reduce the environmental impact of every one of projects, to make a positive impact for our communities and the planet.

Reuben Hoar Library (final design rendering), Littleton, MA
• LEED Silver targeted
• High efficiency air sourced heat pumps
82% energy-use reduction
• No fossil fuels in the building

LEED-Certified Projects

Shute Memorial Library (Everett, MA)

South Hadley Library

Granby Free public Library

Goodwin Memorial Library (Hadley, MA)

Mashpee Library

Boston Public Library, Brighton Branch

Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library (Dudley, MA)

4 others are awaiting certification

Sustaiability Practices

  • By using heat pumps (air source and ground source/geothermal) and more robust building envelopes, we have been able to substantially reduce energy use without any major changes to our design approach.
  • Our mechanical engineers typically do a series of energy models, beginning early in the design process, to evaluate different building envelopes and systems. These help us show clients the life cycle cost savings for high performance envelopes and systems.
  • We are constantly adding to our library of high-performance envelope techniques and systems to ensure that every new project utilizes robust, proven approaches by default.