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This section addresses sustainability in terms of development and building design. While these elements may not directly relate to sustainable business practices, they are very important for businesses to consider since basic sustainable measures can help reduce cost and even increase profits.

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Triple Bottom Line Triple Bottom Line

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Date added: 01/07/2011
Date modified: 01/07/2011
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This article explores how the 'triple bottom line' model people, planet, and profit should be incorporated into one's business operations. This business model takes into account concerns beyond just profitability. It also emphasizes social and environmental concerns and, according to this article, will become the standard for business in the near future. (Article originally published in BUILDERnews, www.BNmag.com)

The Economics of Smart Growth The Economics of Smart Growth

Date added: 10/06/2011
Date modified: 10/06/2011
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This article, another in the series of columns written by the SBP's Roy Pachecano for BuilderNEWS Magazine, focuses on smart growth and development from an economic perspective. Pachecano poses a question he has heard many times before when it comes to development in this economic climate: "who is lending?" He argues that New Urbanist models of housing and development benefit all those involved rather than just one group, citing several examples. In this way, the real question to be asked may not be about "who" is lending, but rather about what sorts of projects are going to attract lenders.

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Sustainable Design Guide Sustainable Design Guide

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Date added: 12/17/2010
Date modified: 12/17/2010
Filesize: 12.48 MB
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This guide, produced by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) upon its implementation of sustainable design, lays out several crucial aspects of building design including materials; systems, such as lighting, HVAC, and plumbing; as well as basic design principles to help create more efficient buildings. The main emphasis in this document is on the importance of sustainability in building design and construction and the principles and techniques discussed here are supported by the fact that many of them have been studied and implemented at the LANL.

Saving Energy - and Money - in Existing Commercial Buildings Saving Energy - and Money - in Existing Commercial Buildings

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Date added: 04/20/2011
Date modified: 04/20/2011
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This article identifies several resources for people involved in the design and construction of commercial buildings. These resources are aimed at helping create more sustainable commercial buildings without huge cost increases. The resources laid out in this article are partnerships between building professionals and certain companies of consultants and distributors who word to supply products designed to save builders and building owners money and energy throughout the construction process and the life of the project.

Retrofitting Land Use Policies Retrofitting Land Use Policies

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Date added: 01/07/2011
Date modified: 01/07/2011
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This article is a call to action in terms of rethinking our current patterns of development to avoid the nationalization and over-regulation of the building industry. The author argues for the implementation of self-imposed restrictions and control over land use rather that external restrictions which could do more harm than good to the future of building in this country. (Article originally published in BUILDERnews, www.BNmag.com)
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