Our objective at GF Shymko & Associates is well-designed,
highly efficient, cost-effective and sustainable buildings.
Our basis is technical, but our focus is on design
— we believe that money is better spent on careful
design than on the latest technological trend. Our
philosophy is that technology should support the fundamental
design process, not lead it.
Conventional buildings are the result of design processes
which are usually less than ideal. Each design discipline
tends to work strictly within its own realm, seeking
design solutions according to its own paradigm. The
pursuit of higher building performance then takes
the form of an expensive layering of technological
fixes which really do not address performance issues
at the fundamental level.
GF Shymko & Associates has the broad technical
foundation in all disciplines necessary to understand
how building systems work together and how to integrate
the pieces into an optimized whole building. We provide
two services to the design team: technical expertise
in energy and environmental issues, and facilitation
of better design integration between all the disciplines.
The common term for this approach is Integrated Design
Process, or IDP.