Amicus means friend in Latin. We believe the name emboddies what we represent and strive for--that all of our products, principles, and practices are friendly to you, your building, your wallet, and your planet.
Our Mission: To help people live, work, play and pray in sustainable, comfortable, healthy, affordable and responsible buildings.
What We Mean by Green Building
"Green building" means different things to different folks, and many believe it means making a choice--or compromise--between important traits, such as health or energy savings. We strongly believe that a really green building maximizes (to the extent feasible) all of the following features:
- Energy efficient: A building should use as little energy as needed, without compromising modern technologies or conveniences. In other words, we want to shrink your Demand pie.
- Renewable energy: As much of the energy you use should come from safe, renewable (non-fossil and non-nuclear) sources. In other words, we want to fill your Demand pie with green Supply as much as possible.
- Water efficient: Water is the most precious chemical on Earth. Virtually no living thing can survive without it. So we want to use as little water as possible, and we want the water you do use to be healthy and safe.
- Safe and healthy: Materials in the project should foster healthy occupants. This means leaving out toxic and dangerous chemicals. It means projects should be well-built to minimize safety risks to the occupants (fire, collapse, etc.). It also means making larger ties between the products we buy and energy security, homeland and foreign security, and other "issues of the day."
- Environmentally appropriate materials: The materials that build out the project should be reused, reclaimed or recycled; from sustainably sourced suppliers;
- Land smart: Where applicable, projects should be sited in areas already built-up with infrastructure, including transportation, water & sewer, electric, schools, etc. Areas convenient to mass transit, biking, and walking--and that allow you to use motor vehicles less--and that reuse previously used spaces (such as infill and brownfields) are preferable, and may well save you time, money, and inconveniences.
Further, a well thoughtout project will find it easier to meet many of these features. In the end, "green building" is just a nickname. We use the terms sustainable and high performance, and in reality we look create high performance, long-lasting, durable, healthy, environmentally responsible, energy and water smart, and comfortable buildings. But that's a mouthful, so we revert back to sustainable or green.
Our Business Practices & Commitments
We strive to walk the walk to become a truly sustainable company in all facets of our operations. This includes:
- 100% of our electricity is provided by wind power
- All electronics have energy saving sleep modes activated, and computers and peripherals are turned off after hours
- All lighting is energy saving LEDs and flourescents
- We reuse boxes and shipping cartons for customer use (to minimize use of disposable shopping bags) and shipping out products
- We give away pallets to avoid landfilling
- We recycle paper, plastics, and metals
- We compost organic waste (like lunch scraps)
- All office paper is 100% post-consumer recycled, FSC-Certified. Envelopes and other paper are also high-recycled content
- We use duplex to print double-sided whenever feasible
- We prefer electronic communications over paper communications when feasible
- We use ceramic mugs and plates to minimize use of disposables
- We volunteer time and expertise in the community
- We are constantly striving to improve our operations and impacts