We work with you to define sustainability goals for your project, and to evaluate all options against those goals. We are familiar with a wide variety of sustainable practices - from specifying energy efficient light fixures, to specifiying deconstruction rather than demolition.

Leadership. Muller & Caulfield is pleased to collaborate with HLM Design (prime) on the Alameda East County Hall of Justice, a project that is required to obtain accreditation from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. (See

LEED is a national program that promotes the design and construction of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live. The program defines a threshold for green buildings and introduces a tool to promote and guide comprehensive and integrated building design.

LEED awards points toward certification in the following major categories: site planning, safeguarding water and water efficiency, energy efficiency, conservation of materials and resources (waste diversion from landfills and recycled content products), and indoor environmental quality (natural daylight, material off-gassing, and thermal comfort and control).

Our approach. Buildings profoundly impact people’s lives and the planet. Sustainable building design practices significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and occupants.

We can help you to make cost effective choices for the life of your building. The economic benefits are reduction in operating costs, enhanced asset value, neutralized first costs, and optimized life cycle performance.

Because initial costs for sustainable design practices can be higher than conventional construction, we will provide you with options that maximize the benefits of green design within your established program and budget. The ultimate goal is attractive, functional and healthy buildings that house healthy people.

Sun shades. Effective green design is invisible. We integrate sustainable design elements into an aesthetically pleasing whole.

Green Design Links


LEED/US Green Building Council
LEED Guidelines
Green Bldg Resource Guide

Web Links
PG&E Pacific Energy Center
Real Goods renewable energy

CA Materials Exchange
Alameda Waste Management
Forest Stewardship Council

Site & Transportation
Low Impact Development
Urban Heat Islands
Bay Area Public Transportation
East Bay Bicycle Coalition
Alternative Fuels