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Comfortable Buildings Affect Health & Well Being with Integrative Design

We spend up to 98% of our time inside buildings -- so they have a major impact on our health, well being and comfort. New design techniques integrate these goals into the early stages of the design and construction of buildings - a definite "best practice" for healthier living.
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The Rocky Mountain Institute is, in my opinion, the best sustainability design organization in our country.  They deal with an integrative design approach to reduce energy, improve quality of life, productivity and optimize systems.

Great design optimizes allthe parts in a complete system.  Setting the goal comes first -- and the best goals are those arrived at with input by all participants -- from design through operations.  That's system design ... or integrative design.  Elements like comfort, cost, traffic, beauty and healthful environments are optimized as part of the overall building and landscape design.

This video is an indepth view of their project approach.  I learned new tactics, and you might find some of their projects ar near you -- so that you can see their work in operation.



Editor, Carolyn Allen

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Publication Date: 11/16/2010
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