As we reflect on 85 years of building strong, resilient communities, we are especially proud of being pioneers in sustainable design, engineering, and construction. Sustainability is the philosophical place from which we begin to problem-solve our spaces, creating built environments where people will thrive and making responsible design decisions that will be relevant for decades to come.

We formalized our commitment to sustainability more than a quarter of a century ago with the design for one of the first projects in the world to receive LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (U.S. Navy, Bachelors Enlisted Quarters, Great Lakes Naval Base, IL; 2000). Our list of sustainability firsts quickly grew from there

And that was just the beginning.

By starting the earliest stages of conceptual design, using an integrated design approach, and measuring the sustainability performance of projects at each stage, Wight remains at the leading edge of the industry. Since 2000, more than 80 Wight & Company projects have achieved third party certification, including six (6) designed to achieve Net-Zero Energy, and numerous projects achieving LEED, Passive House and WELL certifications. Our robust team of 50+ accredited professionals work across disciplines and market sectors to help clients achieve their sustainability goals.

Despite achieving our Zero Energy goal multiple times, we know that our firm and industry can do better for our planet. We are going BEYOND ZERO in pursuit of a carbon-neutral, net-positive future by holding ourselves to the following commitments and pledges:

  • Architecture 2030 - As an early adopter of Architecture 2030, Wight commits to designing all our projects to be net zero by 2030.
  • SE 2050 - SE2050 is an industry initiative in which structural engineering practices may commit to reducing the embodied carbon of projects to zero by 2050. Wight is proud to be a signatory with an Embodied Carbon Action in place.
  • MEP 2040 – Through this initiative, Wight joins the ranks of MEP firms dedicated to reducing total carbon emissions associated with building systems by 2040. Our firm will implement a plan to achieve zero emissions by 2040 and report our progress annually.
  • AIA Materials Pledge - Wight & Company signed the AIA Materials Pledge in support of selecting and specifying products from manufacturers that provide publicly available material ingredient disclosure information, environmental product declarations, meet strict VOC emissions requirements, and avoid chemicals of concern. Wight currently uses base specifications that require this information on all building for each project.

Whether we are addressing climate change, harnessing the power of the nature, or seeking higher occupant comfort through improved indoor environments, we are committed to creating places and spaces that are resilient, renewable, and sustainable for generations to come.