Joseph Magaddino Architecture


A Sustainable or Green Building Design is defined as one that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a U.S. Green Building Council program that establishes performance benchmarks for projects wishing to provide a measurable positive impact on a building’s performance, the wellbeing of the occupants, and the environment.


To better serve our clients, we at Magaddino Architecture have completed a rigorous course of study and testing given by the Green Building Certification Institute. We are proud to have earned a Certification as a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction.


The more than 30 years of architectural design experience has made us very aware of how much of an impact we can have on the environment and the lives of the people who utilize the projects that we design. We have been challenged, and have met those challenges, in both new and renovated facilities, with designs that meet the demands make facilities that are accessible, secure, healthy, and productive while at the same time minimizing their impact on the environment.  Only recently, with the advent of programs like LEED and Energy Star, has it become possible to quantify the degree of sustainability achieved on a given project.

It’s up to the individual client as to whether they want to register their project and achieve the required levels of performance needed for LEED certification. A LEED certification can be a great marketing point, but realistically, for most clients the aim will be to achieve a partial degree of Greening. This can be accomplished by developing strategies that incorporating some sustainable components, for example they may utilize reclaimed and/or regional building materials, or they may have energy efficient equipment such as tankless water heaters and ground source heat pump heating systems, or they may include resource conserving building components that contain a high percentage of renewable and recycled contents.

Building Green:
The LEED program encourages, supports, and certifies implementation of sustainable practices. Rather than depending on third party consultants, Joseph is able to offer the client a comprehensive design service that augments his over 30 years of architectural experience with his understanding of the intent, requirements and strategies of the LEED program.  This comprehensive approach results in an integrated design that in turn produces the most efficient and therefore cost effective project possible.

What makes a Building Green?
A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green buildings by their very nature protect occupant health, improve employee productivity and use resources more efficiently.

What are the economic benefits of Green Buildings?
Green buildings offer positive economic impacts in three ways:

Many green building measures can be incorporated with minimal or zero increase in up-front costs when they are incorporated in the project during it’s conceptual design phase.

What are the principal elements of Green Building design?
Site Development

Energy Efficiency

Material Efficiency

Water Efficiency

Occupant Health and Safety

Building Operation and Maintenance