Client Values

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OVERVIEW

There are the signature push-the-envelope green projects with flexible budgets that win awards and have case studies written about them. And then there is real life.

Everyday clients are concerned about cost, schedule, and specific programmatic needs that can push sustainability to the back burner.

Showing how green and healthy buildings can be built on a budget is one approach to this issue, but it’s not the starting place, according to top designers. These experts start by trying to deeply understand what the client values—and then go about helping clients achieve their mission within the limitations of the project.

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