When selecting products for a new project, architects, engineers, specifiers, and building owners consider many criteria, from aesthetics to strength to cost. Green buildings require an additional level of scrutiny to determine products’ environmental impacts in several categories, including operational and embodied energy, carbon footprint, and emissions.
Architect Sally Zahner of Eley Guild Hardy Architects did not have the luxury of increased spending for environmentally friendly products in the new elementary school in Kiln, Mississippi. Similar to many public projects, the budget was tight and non-negotiable.
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