September 10, 2013
By Brian Wolfe, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Design Coordinator, HKS, Inc.

The day of your father’s architect is a bygone era. Unlike simpler days, designers today must consider far more than aesthetics and the safety and welfare of building occupants; they also must integrate energy-modeling strategies throughout the design process to benefit everyone in the end – people, planet and the bottom line.

Designing buildings for dramatically lower energy consumption is an integrated, collaborative effort that includes not only the building owner and architect, but numerous project stakeholders.  A coordinated effort throughout the design process is the key to designing buildings that reduce energy demand, carbon emissions, dependence on local utilities, and fiscal and resource costs over the building’s lifespan.

Read more: Taking Aim on Energy

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