High Performance Design


Elaine Gallagher Adams

Elaine drives LS3P’s integrative approach to high performance sustainable design in urban projects, architecture, interiors, and operations. Leading our Integrate Knowledge Team, she facilitates innovation charrette planning and execution, tool development, energy and daylight modeling, green ratings systems education, reporting transparency, and internal and external outreach on LS3P’s commitment to climate and environment. An alumni of Rocky Mountain Institute, focused on the profitable transition to clean energy and efficiency in buildings, cities, and campuses, she is also an educator and national voice for sustainability.

In April 2009, LS3P joined the AIA 2030 Commitment program, pledging to take all necessary steps in our practice to advance the AIA’s goal of carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030.

The places where we live, work, and play represent the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in America, as well as around the world. The design and construction industry has made significant strides toward creating high performance buildings of all types and uses. As a result, the industry is positioned to have a profound impact by continuing to foster high building performance and reducing building-related greenhouse gas emissions.

As architects, 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.

Through our processes and continued work with AIA, USGBC, and Well Buildings, LS3P is committed to helping AIA achieve their 2030 goal!



Why high performance design is important and the impact it has on our clients.