Sustainability at Weber Thompson

We believe in leading by example. From our passively-cooled, daylit, LEED Platinum headquarters we are both the designers and tenants of high performance buildings, and work with our clients to employ this philosophy to a degree that works with their development pro forma.

Our designs cover the sustainable design certification spectrum including LEED, Living Building Challenge Petal Certification, Built Green, Passive House, Salmon Safe, Green Globes and the Evergreen Sustainable Design Standard, to name just a few.

But certification is not the end game. Fundamentally, we help our clients develop projects that meet their vision and goals. Early in a project, we work toward solutions to meet energy codes, qualify for utility rebates and target land use incentives. We have the in-house capabilities for design phase energy modeling and daylight analysis, which allow our clients to have an early and holistic understanding of the impacts of certain strategies and technologies, including marketability, long term maintenance, utilities and operation budgets of their properties.

Beyond our project work, we are constantly researching new strategies to increase the performance of our buildings and the environments that surround them. Award-winning explorations such as Conspicuous Consumption, a Zero Net Energy building designed for the UCSF Mission Bay campus, Ecolaboratory, a conceptual Living Building vertical farm, and RainBellows, a biomimicry project developed by our landscape architecture department, allow us to investigate ways to push the envelope, while also examining the financial ramifications of those discoveries. These studies often result in strategies we can apply to our clients’ projects to better meet their financial goals, create compelling stories to market the project, and reduce, reuse and recycle the limited resources here on Earth.

Download our new study "Pursuing High-Rise Multifamily Energy Efficiency in Seattle"



An organizational member of the USGBC

A professional stakeholder member of the Seattle 2030 District

A signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment

A member of the Seattle Healthy Materials Collaborative

  • Data 1
    2018 WASLA Awards – General Design, Private Ownership
  • RainBellows
    2017 WASLA Awards - Analysis and Planning
  • Data 1
    2017 Seattle 2030 District’s Vision Awards - Vision Award for Water
  • RainBellows
    2017 Honorable Mention - Global Biomimicry Competition
  • Weber Thompson
    2016 Architect 50 Award - #23 in Sustainability
  • UCSF Zero Net Energy Student Housing
    2015 Architecture at Zero, Honor Award for Conspicuous Consumption

  •  The Terry Thomas
    2009 AIA National COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award






The WTST is a reflection of the AIA 2030 Commitment, a voluntary initiative in which architecture firms track and annually report their project portfolio (with benchmarking and progress against the 2030 Challenge targets), write a sustainability action plan, and commit to improving their own office operations. Weber Thompson signed on in 2010, and we have been tracking our portfolio and office operations since. We are about twenty people strong, with a core team of seven that sets goals and leads initiatives within the firm. As laid out in our Sustainability Action Plan, we hope by the year 2020 to be an established leader in creating thoughtful, resource efficient, healthy, equitable and beautiful commercial and multifamily residential buildings at an urban scale. We will achieve this through continued effort on individual projects, developing and maintaining internal education, learning and sharing lessons from our office operations, effective communication and advocacy, and conducting original research. Most importantly, we strive to refine the value proposition, i.e. how greener buildings make for better investments and long term value for owners.