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Finally, We Can Design Healthier Buildings

Denise Thompson, March 24, 2015 Download PDF
People frequently ask me, as an architect in the green design arena, "What is next for green building?"
I believe U.S. Green Building Council COO Mahesh Ramanujam gave the correct answer at a March 2014 conference when he said, "A new market is emerging for which we all must be at the ready: buildings that promote human health."
I think about how far we have come in the last 20 years from what I would consider the beginning of mainstream sustainability. For many of those years we had been working with an old kit of parts.
Through organizations like the USGBC, the design and construction industry has been very successful at implementing what would now be considered the preliminary steps in green building design: reducing energy use, water use, and construction waste.
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