Sustainable Design

UDLA is a LEED Accredited firm through the U.S. Green Building Council and offers an integrated LEED approach to the design of complex systems at both the master plan and site specific level.

Services include expertise in sustainable design innovations including grey water collection and irrigation systems, green roof technologies, rain gardens, water conservation and storm water management. If desired, UDLA will produce project LEED or other third party certification program submittals. Through literature and seminars, the firm keeps pace with new local and state-wide regulations and innovations in sustainable design.

Initial Review

green solutions / case studies / recommendations

Construction Review Phase

submittals / updates

Provide and Explain Forms

Measure Success

tools / calculations

Identify Goals and Design Criteria

certified /silver / gold / platinum


final documents / approvals

Design Review Phase

submittals / updates

CLIMATE PROTECTION: Project measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Land Use / Transit Oriented Development / Infill Development
Local Climate Action Plan Requirements
Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities
Transit and Multi-Modal Solutions

Bay Friendly Programs
Green Building Programs
Water Conservation
Senate Bill 375 Legislation (SB 375)
Solid Waste Management


In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building project is truly “green.”

The LEED green building rating system — developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders — is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.


How much does green building really cost?

Green building skeptics sometimes argue that it’s difficult or even impossible to build green without paying a big cost premium. But real-world examples show that you can complete a LEED-certified green building project for an average of 2 percent more in upfront costs, and sometimes even below standard market construction costs.

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