About Emerald Built Environments

Guiding clients towards excellent results in the built environment


Celebrating ten years

Emerald is celebrating 10 years!  It would not be possible without all of our dedicated clients and the amazing projects on which we have worked.  Together we have enjoyed collaborating with owners and their teams on new construction, major renovations and facility operations across all building types. Collectively we have touched hundreds of green building certification, building commissioning and green financing projects across the globe—North America, Europe, Africa and Asia—all from our home in Cleveland, Ohio. Scroll through a few of our many proud moments.


Partners Matt and Laura met each other while working on LEED certification projects in downtown Cleveland. Matt as building commissioning agent and Laura as Green Building Consultant. They were working on one of the first LEED projects in Cleveland, Ohio - the IMG Center, which achieved LEED EB O+M.


An den Bruecken in Munich became the first LEED Core & Shell v3 Platinum project worldwide and won the German Sustainability Oscar.


The Squaire at Frankfurt Airport, a LEED CS Gold certification, won the prestigious MIPM award which recognizes excellence and innovation in the international real estate sector.


Victory Center, a historic rehab in Cleveland, OH, saved $250,000 in construction costs through effective building commissioning processes.


Big River Steel in Osceola, AK became the first ever LEED certified steel production facility and in 2017 won the USGBC Green Tie award for Overall Best Project.


The Circle at Zurich Airport in Europe, a two million square foot mixed-used development, achieved 20% energy savings. EBE-led early energy modeling resulted in projected savings of over $600,000 USD annually.


We are specialists in the WELL Building Standard! We now have two WELL APs on our team and have completed WELL Performance Testing Agent training.


2019 brings to close several multi-year projects and many LEED Certifications. Included among them are Brookfield Properties Cleveland, Ohio headquarters, Tri-C Metro's Campus Center, and The Ohio State University's Lima Student Wellness Center.



New Construction + Major Renovation Projects

From small commercial projects to 2 million square foot mixed use potato chip manufacturers to steel mills, K-12 schools and advanced learning spaces, Emerald excels at helping owners of major construction and renovation projects reach goals. Leveraging frameworks and discipline from sustainable certifications and the analysis created from energy modeling, we help our clients achieve higher performance for both construction costs and operational costs. 

Learn more in our On Demand Webinar about how to save first and operational costs.


Existing Buildings + Portfolios

The total lifecycle cost of a building is often 80% or more from operations.

We use tools such as energy audits, energy modeling, performance tracking, and consumption analysis to deliver smart recommendations.  With an understanding of your goals, we help you shape the right projects and improvement plans to maximize value from your existing buildings.




Global Perspective

Working on projects across the U.S. and internationally allows us to stay at the forefront of sustainable and high performance designs and emerging technologies.  We use this global experience to help our customers expand understanding and create more opportunity.


Business Focused

Whether or not your organization is in the business of buildings, you are in the business of financial and performance metrics.  We understand where buildings fall in the spectrum of profit center to cost center for our clients and are able to present options that meet your organization's goals.

Delivering Worldwide Expertise in...


For new construction, major renovation or operations management, master planning and capital improvement planning.

owners advisory service


MEP - and Envelope Commissioning, New and existing buildings Commissioning, Retro-Commissioning, ongoing Commissioning,
Testing and Verification



Energy Audits and Building Assessments for existing buildings and portfolios as well as Facility Site Assessments.

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LEED cert


LEED BD+C, ID+C, O+M, HOMES, ND, Enterpise Green Communities, WELL certification, FitWel certification, Green Globes certification, NGBS (National Green Building Standard), SITES, INVEST, EnergyStar and more

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For design-assist, new and existing buildings, sustainable certifications, utility incentives and funding documentation.

integrated design


Sustainable Design Charrette, Site Assessment, Integrated Design Facilitation with Early Energy Modeling and Water Budget Analysis

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What our clients say ...

A very big Thank You for the many years of successful collaboration on our LEED projects. Your input is always of immense significance, making our work considerably simpler and contributes to the projects’ success, especially for our very complex projects.  We are very much looking forward to many more projects together.

Amstein_walthert-1 Christoph Dewald Team Lead Building and Sustainability Controlling

EBE did an outstanding job of leading BlueOak Arkansas through the LEED certification process and identified several additional ways for us to improve our energy efficiency and operational practices.  By formally joining together under one company, Laura, Matt and Susann will be even better positioned to provide value-added services to growth-oriented companies like ours.

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Emerald Built Environments has the staff we trust when referring clients worldwide for sustainability and energy services.

Client SEAM-Logo-1 Don Frankel CEO