The PRO AV 60: Eight AV Consultants

If anyone in this industry can be said to be ahead of the curve on green AV issues, it's consultants. This is in large part because of their frequent interactions with building architects, who, as you might imagine, think about things like LEED certification and sustainable design almost around the clock. These eight firms are heaving on LEED AP certifications.
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The PRO AV 60: Eight AV Consultants

If anyone in this industry can be said to be ahead of the curve on green AV issues, it's consultants. This is in large part because of their frequent interactions with building architects, who, as you might imagine, think about things like LEED certification and sustainable design almost around the clock. These eight firms are heaving on LEED AP certifications.

Interested in all things Sustainable AV? Talk to an AV consultant. If anyone in this industry can be said to be ahead of the curve on green AV issues, it's consultants. This is in large part because of their frequent interactions with building architects, who, as you might imagine, think about things like LEED certification and sustainable design almost around the clock. One west coast AV consultant, who has the ear of architects when it comes to integrating AV, said she's in a hurry to get her LEED AP accreditation in large part because her achitect partners expect her to speak their language.

Several of the following PRO AV 60 consultants have LEED AP designers on staff. One in particular, Acoustic Dimensions, has made it the company's mission to have as many LEED APs under its roof as possible.

Acoustic Dimensions
Addison, Texas, www.acousticdimensions.com

What Does "Green AV" Mean to Your Company?
"We currently have 27 LEED Accredited Professionals on staff. Over 70 percent of our consulting team is LEED AP. Because we believe in 'being before doing,' we have begun our green thrust within our own walls. We have implemented a recycling program, decreased paper usage by 75 percent, and we're pursuing LEED certification on the design of our new Dallas offices."--Acoustic Dimensions

D. L. Adams Associates
Denver, www.dlaa.com

BD Brown Communications
Burlington, N.C. www.bdbrowncommunications.com

D.L. Adams Associates consulted on the Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colo.

What Does "Green AV" Mean to Your Company?
"Green AV is about how AV systems are used and often involves integration with the building management system. Use of RHoS-compliant AV equipment is important, removing hazardous materials from the manufacturing process, but green AV also includes things like Energy Star for limiting power consumption and maximizing efficiency."--D.L. Adams Associates

Human Productivity Lab
Ashburn, Va., www.humanproductivitylab.com

PlanNet Consulting
Brea, Calif., www.plannet.net

What's Your Best Advice for Succeeding in Pro AV?
"We're an independent consulting company that focuses on network convergence. We believe pro AV will continue to adapt and thrive as networking capabilities and processes improve reliability and serviceability of the entire AV industry."--PlanNet Consulting

Syska Hennessy Group
New York, www.syska.com

Veneklasen Associates
Santa Monica, Calif., www.veneklasen.com

What Does "Green AV" Mean to Your Company?
"We recently started an IT department to offer greater efficiency in implementing converged technology. We even offer and AIA-accredited course, 'Convergence of Technology in Building Systems-Successful Implementation of Audiovisual and IT Solutions,' that shows architects the benefits of converged technology, including green benefits such as reduced infrastructure and power consumption."--Veneklasen Associates

Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams
Dallas, www.wjhw.com

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