Written by Kirk Teske, AIA Category OTHER

As designers, we have a unique responsibility to understand and articulate the big picture folded within environmental issues and their effect on our planet and humanity.  After all, everything we design has a far-reaching, long-term impact on the environment and the people who interact with the buildings we design.  Over the past decade it has become common knowledge that the built environment has a vast impact on us and our world, consuming over 40% of all energy we use, using up to 30% of all raw materials on earth, and polluting the air we breathe.

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