Markley Designs Supports Green Options Architecture is an essential arena for sustainable innovation. Buildings represent close to half of the annual energy and emissions in the U.S. and three-quarters of its electricity. With the built environment growing. architects have a historic opportunity to transform its impact for the better. Markley Designs employs staff members that are LEED Accredited Professionals. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green or sustainable buildings, homes and neighborhoods. Sustainable design is the intention to reduce or completely eliminate negative environmental impacts through thoughtful designs. This concept can be applied across all fields of design such as designing buildings or products. A sustainable design, regardless of the application, will seek to incorporate environmentally-preferable outcomes such as:

  • Lower energy and water consumption through the entire lifecycle – from manufacture to daily use to disposal
  • Minimize impact on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions or mitigating them through carbon neutralizing activities
  • Limit resource consumption through waste-free manufacturing, a preference for renewable resources, and an emphasis on recycled materials
  • Reduce or eliminate waste by minimizing consumption, reusing when possible, and recycling when necessary
  • Minimize impact on the local ecosystem and look for ways to incorporate biomimicry principles where possible
  • Give preference to non-toxic materials and those that will contribute to the health and wellbeing of humanity
  • Emphasize quality and durability
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