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What is Sustainable Design?


Sustainable Design is the philosophy of designing the built environment and corresponding building systems with an intelligent integration of technology and nature; in order to reduce environmental impacts, optimize a building's performance, promote occupant health and productivity, increase energy effficiency, and reduce operating costs.


Why consider Sustainable Design?


Buildings Consume:

  • 40% of mined materials

  • 40% of processed materials

  • 40% of total energy

  • 25% of virgin wood resources

  • 16% of water suply


Buildings Produce:

  • 40% of landfill waste

  • 40% of CO2 emissions

  • 50% of ozone-depleting CFC's


People are Directly Affected:

  • Most people spend 80-90% of their time indoors

  • 30% of indoor environments suffer from poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

  • Approximately $70 Million spent per year in the USA to remediate issues caused by poor IAQ



Primary Objectives of Sustainable Design:


ENERGY:  Reduce energy consumption and operational costs.


MATERIALS:  Maximize the use of sustainable materials.


AIR QUALITY:  Minimize negative impacts on IAQ.


PRODUCTIVITY:  Improve the health, motivation, and productivity of human occupants.



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