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Design for Energy

The Framework for Design Excellence
Image Credits: Benjamin Benschneider
Image Credits: Benjamin Benschneider

Good design achieves multiple objectives: it reduces energy consumption, eliminates reliance on fossil fuels, and simultaneously enhances building performance, functionality, comfort, and enjoyment. This principle highlights the importance of designing with energy efficiency in mind, prioritizing sustainable and renewable energy sources, and creating spaces that optimize user experience. Overall, this principle emphasizes that good design aligns environmental responsibility with improved building performance and occupant satisfaction by integrating energy-efficient strategies and promoting renewable energy alternatives.

Check out AIA National’s article for guided questions and case studies on Design for Energy (https://www.aia.org/showcases/6082495-design-for-economy)

Case Study Photo: FEDERAL CENTER SOUTH BUILDING 1202 IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON BY ZGF ARCHITECTS, A 2013 COTE TOP TEN AWARD RECIPIENT

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