Sustainable Design for the 21st Century

ATTENTION: All Architects, Engineers and Developers!

By Brent Sauser

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2015 is just two days away and it’s high time we ask ourselves some serious questions:

  • What is it that drives us, that truly motivates us in our professions?
  • Has the pursuit of profits overshadowed our obligation to society?
  • Do we allow the minimum code standards to define our depth of commitment in the transition to renewable energy solutions?
  • Are we unwilling to upgrade our specifications to reflect more sustainable materials and methods?
  • Are we relying too much on “what worked in the past” and not taking the time to learn new, sustainable ways to accomplish the same thing?
  • Are we part of the problem or an advocate for the solution?

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Whether we like it or not, whether embracing the inevitable with open arms or kicking and screaming, the transition to sustainable, renewable energy solutions WILL happen. The questions is, WHEN? What will we do as design, engineering, and construction professionals to accelerate the process? Will we simply stand by and wait for building codes to finally catch up with renewable technology, or take the initiative and proactively incorporate into our designs sustainable solutions that far surpass the minimum code requirements . . . because it is the right thing to do.

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As 2015 approaches, we need to determine if we will be part of the growing Renewable Energy Revolution or remain stuck in the non-renewable practices of the past. My hope is that many more will heed the “call” and join the revolution. We need you. Renewable technology is improving faster than the profession is willing to embrace or implement. That must change. If we don’t do it . . . who will? We must look for ways to incorporate energy saving features instead of placing a punitive premium on each sustainable option, discouraging its implementation. We must look for ways to make it happen . . . by design, not by accident!

That’s my New Year’s wish for 2015. What’s yours?


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Category: Editorial
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