Taking a holistic approach to incorporating sustainable design into the built environment makes SweisKloss, a Santa Monica based design + construct boutique firm, a positive force in the design build industry. Environmental responsibility is simply a part of their everyday practice. Whether it’s a custom home, a renovation, or a commercial office, SweisKloss organically integrates divergent elements to create singular spaces that nurture body and soul.
In addition to implementing thoughtful solutions in sustainability and resiliency in projects, SweisKloss runs a green office. Windows on every wall lets in natural light and eliminates the need to turn on LED lights during the workday. The historical building housing their space does not have air conditioning; windows are opened to allow cool cross breezes.
Striving to be a zero-waste company, SweisKloss staff reduces, reuses, and recycles, in that order. They shun pods and have coffee the old fashion way…by brewing a pot. The paper filters and grounds then get composted. Ceramic mugs are washed with a low-flow faucet. Copy paper is 100% post-consumer content recycled, and printing is done double-sided. Even their supply of paperclips is made from recycled metal. SweisKloss repurposes leftover material samples, such as wood flooring and tile, by donating them to reDiscover Center, Skirball Center, and UCLA Extension. One of the designers takes some of the samples home to upcycle into artwork.
To avoid contributing to rush hour traffic, staff can work a flexible schedule. 30% of the staff bike, rollerblade or carpool to work. A bicycle tune-up kit is stored onsite.
The Green Team at SweisKloss meet on a consistent basis to brainstorm on the newest ways to be even greener.