Cognitive Behavioral Institute

The Cognitive Behavioral Institute of Albuquerque, a nationally recognized center for postdoctoral training and outpatient Psychotherapy, was the first building in New Mexico to achieve Platinum LEED for New Construction certification. Equiterra was tasked with designing a building on a challengingly steep and narrow site that was aesthetically pleasing, showcased views of the Sandia Mountains, appealed to the local homeowners’ association and provided maximum thermal comfort and daylighting to all occupied spaces.  Successfully integrating into the landscape, the design also includes a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system as well as an additional solar array utilizing bi-facial solar panels doubling as a parking lot shade structure.


 “ I am happy to welcome the Cognitive Behavioral Institute as part of the Sandia Heights neighborhood.  Development in Sandia Heights is restricted by covenants that focus on preservation of open space and development that is in harmony with its surroundings. The Cognitive Behavioral Institute’s new building embodies excellence in design, sensitivity to context, and a strong commitment to the environment; all of which are values that are prized by this community.”

Kerney Bolton, Chair Sandia Heights Architectural Control Committee

Project Data

Location:  Albuquerque, New Mexico
SF: 6,914
Date Completed: 2010

Sustainability Features

  • LEED Platinum certification

  • Net Zero electric performance

  • Highly-insulated building envelope

  • Daylighting eliminates the need for artificial light during the day and supports natural cognitive processes

  • Low-water and indigenous xeric landscaping

  • Low-flow fixtures

  • 28kW Solar Photovoltaic system

  • Variable Air Volume mechanical system maximizes individual thermal comfort and reduces building energy use

  • Pervious paving to minimize rainwater runoff and maximize aquifer recharge

  • Durable finishes that are zero or low VOC and contain no urea formaldehydes

  • Construction materials maximized recycled content and FSC Certified wood