The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health, and productivity. In the United States alone, buildings account for:

72% of electricity consumption
39% of energy use
38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
40% of raw materials used
30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)
14% of potable water consumption

As architects and designers, we are in a unique position to improve upon these numbers. In fact, we believe it is our obligation to design spaces that meet the needs of today’s users without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.