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Architectural Record Continuing Education: Architecture Firms, Clients, and Climate
4-1-2022 | News
The degree to which an architect can mitigate the climate impacts of a building often depends on the degree to which that building’s owner is on board. Clients vary, of course, and some are going to be more open than others to the idea of doing whatever it takes to help preserve a livable planet. But if a client is at least agnostic, a conversation can make the difference between, say, an affordable-housing project that addresses emergency needs with a gas-powered generator and one that uses battery-stored solar while also reducing residents’ energy bills. Or the difference between a project that minimizes its embodied carbon and one that offsets it. So how are firms with ambitious climate commitments navigating these client discussions? What strategies are making a difference?