Since its founding in 1996, Buell Kratzer Powell, LTD has been quietly advocating green design as just another component of smart architecture. Principles of green building and long-term sustainability – proper site orientation, energy and water efficiency, and recycled materials usage to name a few – are regularly incorporated into projects. We work with every client to ensure their environmental and economic goals are integrated into their architectural project.
Our firm has been a member of the US Green Building Council since 2001. Principals Darrell Kratzer and Joseph Powell are both LEED Accredited Professionals, as are other members of the design staff. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven building rating system based on proven technology. LEED evaluates life-cycle performance from a whole-building perspective. As the definitive standard for environmentally-responsible architecture, LEED is a measurement system used and endorsed by the staff of Buell Kratzer Powell.
Buell Kratzer Powell designed the first LEED-registered project in the City of Philadelphia. The Walnut Street West Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia earned LEED Silver for its restoration. Sustainable features included gray-water plumbing system, high-efficiency mechanical equipment, recycled-content materials, low VOC paints, and restoration of the original skylights for improved natural daylighting. The Andrew Carnegie library first built in 1906 was completed and reopened to the public in 2004. Best practices developed during this project were implemented at the LEED-registered Widener Branch Library, expanded by Buell Kratzer Powell in 2006.
Please refer to our project profiles for sustainable and high-performance design features incorporated into each project.