Social Responsibility

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OVERVIEW

Buildings are part of the community: they can contribute to or detract from their surroundings. In some projects, the social imperative is obvious (a nonprofit job center in an underserved neighborhood). In other buildings, the social justice impact is more subtle. The location of an office building influences who will have access to the jobs it houses, for example.

Additionally, the products and materials that make up these buildings, depending on where and how they’re made, have far-reaching impacts on communities and workers around the globe. Learn here about how to consider social equity throughout your design process, from site selection to product selection.

  • New Orleans Principles Published
    January 1, 2006

    News Analysis

    BuildingGreen and the U.S. Green Building Council have published The New Orleans Principles, a collection of ten key principles to guide the planning and reconstruction of the city.

  • AIA Targets 50% Energy Reduction in Buildings
    January 1, 2006

    News Analysis

    The American Institute of Architects board of directors has set a goal of halving the amount of fossil fuels needed to construct and operate buildings by 2010-and achieving a 70% reduction by 2015!