Sustainability Defined

For Elara Engineering, sustainability is not (and cannot be) fully achieved without thoughtful and consistent consideration throughout the stages of the project’s development; from infancy through the completion of construction.

Rather, we believe that sustainability is only fully achieved with a commitment that incorporates each of the following elements.


  • A thorough and detailed understanding of the building design, functional purpose, energy use, and existing and planned MEPFPIT systems.
    • This is imperative as every building is unique.
  • Extensive industry knowledge of appropriate and economically viable sustainable technology options to achieve low energy/low carbon/low water/low annual costs.
    • This is imperative to match the best possible sustainable technology to a unique building while also addressing client needs, desires, financial constraints, and their own definition of sustainability.
  • Proven design expertise to customize and engineer for the entire lifecycle of the selected sustainable technology to maximize its long-term positive effects.  Sustainable technologies are only as good as the engineering design used to incorporate/maximize the technology within a client’s unique building.
    • This is imperative as any “out of the box” sustainability technology must be further customized to be effective within any unique building.
    • Sustainable equipment and systems can still operate inefficiently if they are not applied and operated under specific conditions.
  • A long-term view that incorporates building management’s ability to track and respond to system data to proactively operate the installed sustainable technology to maintain reliability on an ongoing basis.
    • This is imperative as it is the only way to ensure that sustainability is achieved far into the future.
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