Douglas Brinkley, FAIA, Receives Green Business Leader Award

Doug Brinkley, FAIA

Douglas Brinkley, FAIA, received the 2010 For-Profit Business Leader Green Award from the Triangle Business Journal on October 19th, 2010. Doug is a rincipal and the director of sustainability at Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee Architecture in Raleigh.

From the Friday, October 22, 2010 issue of The Triangle Business Journal:

Describe some of your chief achievements in the Green Awards category for which you were nominated?

Under  Brinkley’s leadership, his firm designed the first LEED rated multi-building Community College Campus in the Nation, Wake Tech’s Northern Campus and the first LEED rated building in the state’s university system, Carrington Hall School of Nursing at UNC-CH.

Mr. Brinkley co-founded North Carolina’s first U.S. Green Building Chapter where he has served on the Board as treasurer, vice chair and chair.

Brinkley served as an adviser to and advocate for the provisions of Senate Bill 668 – which requires energy and water conservation in state-owned buildings. Some of these provisions are now being considered in North Carolina’s Building 2012 Energy Code.

In June 2010, Mr. Brinkley was elevated to Fellowship by the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows and in August, he was awarded the Gail A. Lindsey Award for Sustainability by AIA North Carolina.

Have sustainable efforts produced financial benefits. Can you quantify the gains or costs? Please be specific.

The impact of Senate Bill 668 will significantly reduce energy and water consumption in new and renovated state-owned buildings, including the state’s universities and community colleges. This translates into billions of dollars of savings to the state of North Carolina over the life cycle of the building. It is hoped that the 2012 Energy Code, if passed by the Building Code Council, will do for private industry what SB-668 has done for the state.

How could you afford to embark on green programs in a down economy?

How can you not afford to? The cost to build a new building or renovate an existing building is minor compared to the cost to own and operate that same building over its life span. While there may be some initial higher cost to the project to achieve these energy and water savings, the overall life cycle cost is greatly reduced by employing energy and water conservation design measures up front.

How did your employees react to such sustainable efforts?

Our firm seeks to achieve design excellence that integrates long term sustainable solutions. Our staff embraces our mission and seeks to obtain the training and tools required to be successful.

What are your plans for expanding such programs in the coming year?

Continue to seek and hire talented designers and provide them with the training and resources that they need to succeed for our clients.


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