In today’s design and construction industry it is imperative that the design and construction of buildings address sustainability. To include some aspect of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is often the goal. Sustainable design is one of the hottest subjects in the design and construction industry today. Why are owners, architects, engineers, designers, and contractors interested in sustainable design? A few good reasons include:
- Reduced pollution emitted into the environment
- Conservation of natural resources for our children’s children
- Protection of natural habitats
- Development of eco-friendly building practices
Sustainable design and construction is loosely defined as: creating buildings and communities that conserve natural resources. This includes using renewable resources as much as possible to preserve non-renewable resources for future generations. A far reaching definition of sustainable architecture includes the concept of zero emission buildings or buildings that function without polluting.