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Green building design

As more cities adopt sustainability goals, green building is shaping the skyline.

Can you all do this?

What is green building design?

Green building design considers the health of the natural environment and its inhabitants throughout the lifecycle of a building. It seeks opportunities to create positive impacts, while minimizing the negative.

Image courtesy of Shai Epstein

Top three principles of green building design

A whole-system approach benefits occupants, communities, and the natural environment.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Architects and engineers can drive high performance building design through techniques like solar analysis, HVAC right-sizing, and passive energy-conservation measures.

Image courtesy of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

MATERIALS PRODUCTIVITY

Choose healthy materials that are good for the people and planet, and design efficient structures that are made with minimal material waste.

REDUCTION IN EMBODIED CARBON

Building materials have a hidden climate impact resulting from resource extraction, manufacturing, and logistics. This should be minimized. 

Benefits of green building design

Lower operating costs

Green buildings have lower operating costs because they use resources such as materials and energy more efficiently.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Buildings produce about one third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Green building design can drastically reduce this.

Increase property value

Owners are seeing a seven percent increase in asset value for new green buildings compared with traditional structures.

Improve occupant health and comfort

Green building design includes strategies to optimize temperature, humidity, and light, while minimizing pollutants, irritants, and noise.

Green building in action

BIM Helps Schneider Electric Slash Its Energy Bill in Grenoble, France

Schneider Electric uses BIM to create a new standard in efficient building operation and energy performance.

Model courtesy of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

3 TOP TRENDS SHOW GREEN-BUILDING TECHNOLOGY ON THE RISE

Three emerging trends in green-building technology are advancing the sustainability revolution in architecture.

Model courtesy of DesignGroup and the National Audubon Society

BAMBOO TRANSCENDS THE TROPICS FOR CARBON-NEGATIVE CONSTRUCTION

Long ignored beyond the developing world, bamboo (a grass, not a tree) has the compressive strength of concrete and the tensile strength of steel.

Green building software to help you get started

Produce your best work and stay competitive with a comprehensive set of integrated tools.

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