According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings are responsible for 71% of U.S. electricity consumption and alone account for 9.8% of carbon emissions worldwide. With increasing concern and awareness of global climate change and other environmental challenges the future of the design industry must begin to rapidly transform. As designers we can choose to make positive decisions to
protect human health and the health of the natural environment. Using sustainable design and being “green” is good for the environment and looks attractive. It is the designers responsibility to educate their clients and do what’s right for the environment.