Taitem Engineering, PC

Consulting engineering firm

Ithaca, New York

United States

www.taitem.com

 

About Taitem Engineering

 

“Taitem” is short for “technology as if the Earth mattered.” That concept underpins all the work they do as a consulting firm —mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural design of buildings; original research in energy-saving technologies; designing and installing renewable energy systems; and a wide range of energy-related activities. Founded in 1989 and based in Ithaca, New York, Taitem has completed over 600 design projects, including buildings in many sectors: commercial; multifamily; industrial; healthcare; religions; and educational. The company has consulted on many LEED projects, including their headquarters in a restored nineteenth-century mansion.

Taitem’s work in the area of energy services includes performing energy audits, creating and reviewing energy models, LEED consulting and commissioning, energy planning, and carbon footprint studies. In 2005, the company earned the national R&D100 award for its work in developing TREAT energy modeling software. In 2006, Taitem Engineering led the technical effort to develop the EnergyStar for multifamily standard in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Taitem currently employs around 35 people, including eight NYS licensed professional engineers, six LEED-accredited professionals, certified multifamily building energy auditors, certified energy managers, certified commissioning professionals, NABCEP solar installers, a master plumber, and a master electrician. 

Becoming a B-Corporation served two purposes. First, it was a way to show our community that we walk the walk, in terms of environmental and social responsibility. Second, the B-Corporation certification process provided us with a meaningful framework for self-examination, helping us to acknowledge areas for improvement and celebrate our strengths as we strive to fulfil our mission — because the Earth does matter. 

 

The Change We Seek ®

 

Taitem seeks to create change not only through the work we do, but by how we do it. Taitem Engineering is committed to providing high-quality engineering and energy consulting services that promote lower building energy use and to conduct energy research to advance sustainable energy practices and technologies. Taitem’s energy auditors and LEED accredited professionals are always thinking about how their buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated and how they can be improved to reduce energy consumption. Since the greenest building is the one you don’t build, Taitem’s main offices are in a “recycled” nineteenth-century downtown house that is on track to become LEED Platinum certified. Among the building’s many green features are an ultra-efficient air-conditioning system with net-zero potential, invented by Taitem’s founder and president; abundant covered bicycle parking; rooftop solar thermal and solar PV; and an EV charging station;

Taitem seeks to create positive social change by providing a flexible and stimulating workplace for their employees. This includes everything from alternative schedules and telecommuting to accommodate family and other personal needs to beautiful workspaces with lovingly preserved architectural details. Taitem also hosts a winter and summer gathering for its employees and an annual retreat to promote specific workplace goals. The popular ice-cream club strolls to a local shop to share cool, locally made treats. The company also encourages health and wellness with basketball and soccer teams and a Tae Kwon Do group. Taitem’s shared transport includes a hybrid company car and a restored classic “Free Spirit” 10-speed bicycle. 

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2013
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

38
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

25
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

20
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

10
6
Overall B Score
93
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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