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.

Smart Siting

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