April 22, 2014 Leave a comment
It was back in the mid-1990’s when the idea of green buildings was developed and accepted. Although it took a while to get some traction, eventually the movement had an enormous impact on buildings, particularly with new construction. Many of the major innovations in buildings have been the equipment (elevators, construction cranes, power tools). The intense focus on energy and sustainability has been a different type of innovation in the industry that changed the way we design and operate buildings. Building owners were interested in marketing “green buildings” to tenants, hoping to shave a few dollars on energy costs and demonstrating their desire to be good, responsible corporate citizens. Architects and engineers had to adjust their design approach and evolve with new techniques and technologies.