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Issue 4.2

Design Drives

Increasingly our designs and practice are informed by a broader set of parameters enabled by new tools and technologies. Human physical and emotional wellbeing combined with environmental stewardship emerge as new tenets of the architectural profession. Terms such as the health product declaration (HPD) and the environmental product declaration (EPD), with underlying data, become foundational for this expanded landscape. Consequently, our responsibility as professionals goes beyond egress and life safety considerations to include carbon and energy footprint reduction, elimination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and management of limited resources.

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