“Providing abundance while living within our means
is a fundamental challenge of sustainability. ”
Good design adds value for owners, occupants, community, and planet, regardless of project size and budget.
Sustainable design must be accessible to everyone. Strategies that lead to high-performing buildings across all measures are effective only if they are implemented in real buildings; however, these strategies will be implemented on a broad scale only if they make sense financially. There is a misconception in the industry that sustainable design adds costs, so only a few projects with high budgets and ambitious goals can afford to be “sustainable” or achieve high levels of performance across measures. This could not be further from the truth. While flashy features (such as solar panels) do add additional upfront costs, most of the best practices in this guide are either cost-neutral or come with significant savings. Rightsizing is one such strategy. Decreasing a building’s square footage will save costs while conserving energy and material resources. Reusing an existing structure is another example of a strategy for both lower cost and lower embodied energy.
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Design for Economy
Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 12:00pm
Illya Azaroff, AIA
Earn 1 LU | HSW for attending