Architects Must Lead on Sustainable Design

April 9, 2013
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Since the beginning of the LEED rating system, more than 10 billion square feet of construction has been certified or registered.

Sustainable building designs are a modern work of art, and architecture is an essential part for sustainable innovation. Buildings use about half the annual energy and emissions in the U.S., and three-quarters of its electricity.

Since the beginning of the LEED rating system, more than 10 billion square feet of construction has been certified or registered, according to the U.S. Green Business Council.

The American Institute of Architects recently reported that, "recognizing that sustainable design practices have become a mainstream design intention in the architectural community."

While many architects have yet to embrace sustainable design as a best practice, there's a definite need for architects "with the design capacity to meet the environmental challenges facing diverse communities across the globe."

Read the complete article, including tips for transforming the architecture profession, at


By Gaylen Davenport

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