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"Green Building" or "Sustainable Design" as it's more properly known, has captivated the attention of everyone from the consulting community to the media to the school room, and is proving to be one of our best strategies to reducing human impact on climate change. Building sustainably includes everything from energy efficiency to water conservation to responsible material and resource use and much more.

The most fundamental tenet of sustainable design is that it be just that: sustainable. Green building is a huge topic with many different interpretations, and it overlaps with all other aspects of what CREW is and does. To design a building that is truly "green" and then construct it using sustainable practices requires starting with understanding or consideration of:

The results can be rated by such programs as ENERGY-STAR and LEED, and can include everything from high-tech automated housing to buildings using only local materials and passive technologies.