Smart Siting

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No building is an island.

Siting of buildings, and the land-use patterns that they are a part of, have a ripple effect on:

  • community health and well-being

  • economic development

  • effective use of infrastructure

  • local and global environmental quality

  • occupant satisfaction

Starting with smart site selection gives an enormous boost to the success of the building program as well as the triple bottom line: social, economic, and environmental objectives.

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    Feature Article

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    Feature Article

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    Feature Article

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  • The Problem with Net-Zero Buildings (and the Case for Net-Zero Neighborhoods)

    Feature Article

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  • Thinking Beyond Buildings: LEED for Neighborhood Development

    Feature Article

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  • Wal-Mart: Every Day Low... Impact?

    Feature Article

    The world's largest company claims to have embraced environmental responsibility in everything from its supply chains to its waste stream, with goals of creating a prototype store with 30% lower greenhouse gas emissions within four years and doubling trucking efficiency within ten years. But how big a difference can the shift make, and is it enough?