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Environmental Issues & Building Design

According to the scientific community, climate change is happening and its effects will have severe consequences for our society and environment. Reducing energy use in building is one of the most important ways to reduce humans’ overall environmental impact. Nearly unanimous scientific consensus has established that climate change is occurring…

Occupant Comfort

Buildings are designed for people, and those people are trying to accomplish a task – whether it’s raising a family, running an office, or manufacturing a product. The building needs to keep people comfortable, efficient, healthy, and safe as they set about their task. Green design seeks to create buildings that…

New vs Existing Buildings

Improving the performance of our existing building stock is incredibly important. New construction only replaces or adds a few percent per year at most to the world’s existing stock of buildings. Existing buildings can often be improved at far lower cost than would be required to raze and replace them….

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