Ibis Philosophy Our goal is to build environmentally friendly and sustainable live/work developments that integrate a sense of community and respect for our earth's resources. At Ibis, we believe in our responsibility to develop building projects that conserve and create energy, utylize renewable resources and minimize the need for maintenance over the life of the project. We know the only way to do this is to have every person that's part of the cycle—from conception to end user—agree this is the right way to design, construct and use buildings. At Ibis, it's not just a financial decision, it's a life decision.
From the beginning of each project, we bring together all those involved in the development; investors, neighbors, architects, contractors, engineers, city officials, and other consultants to ensure we are all striving for the same goals. This integrative process fosters strong communication between all parties and expands the opportunities for creative new ideas to emerge.
In all of our projects we integrate environmentally sound building decisions, ecological materials and renewable resources. One of the key issues with sustainability is renewability. Non-sustainable practices lead to the long-term depletion of natural resources and, once they're gone, they're gone. To us, sustainablity means utilizing strategies that allow resources to continue indefinitely and that do not lead to environmental degradation. We work with green building criteria set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program as well as with the Bay Area "Build it Green" Program. Florence Lofts has received LEED® Gold Certification.
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Ibis Biographies At Ibis we realize how the consequences of our everyday actions directly affect the environment. Our team continually explores and evolves environmentally sound building strategies, and utilizes cutting edge sustainable materials to minimize the development's negative impact on local communities and the environment. We have all been immersed in the ideas and practical implications of sustainability most of our lives. Ibis is the realization of our common goals.
Joe Marshall is a financial consultant working primarily with companies in the natural organic foods industry to provide them a path for sustainable business success. Joe's business acumen has also been realized in his management of real estate investments for high wealth principals in private partnership ventures. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BS in Accounting from UC Berkeley.
Robert Nissenbaum is a pioneer in the natural organic foods industry. As a founder and CEO of Imagine Foods, one of the world's largest privately held natural food companies prior to its sale in 2002, he helped bring organic food products into the more widespread consumer consciousness.
Steve Sheldon is an architect, general building contractor and developer who has been making a "green" impact in Sonoma County for the last 30 years. The core principals from which Steven evolves his sustainable and environmentally sound designs include: energy efficiency and conservation of resources; economy of space while creating a sense of spaciousness; utilization of natural light; and the seamless integration of buildings with their surrounding landscape.
Gary Ratway is a landscape architect skilled in creating gardens that nurture the humans in them. Gary crafts climate specific, complexly layered compositions that truly integrate the buildings within the landscape forms. He is principal designer for Integrated Design Landscaping and Co-Owner of Digging Dog Nursery.