November 22, 2022
More than a fifth of the way into the 21st century, it is hard to imagine a time when smart phones were not ubiquitous. But in the late 1990s, these now-indispensable devices and their precursors, personal digital assistants, were relatively rare, in use mainly by early adopters and other technophiles. For professionals in the building industry, it might also be difficult to recall that sustainable design and construction was once a new concept. In 1998, the U.S. Green Building Council began evaluating 19 pilot projects in their nascent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. And yet today, LEED has reached its fourth iteration, with more than 100,000 certified buildings. Severud Associates has contributed to the trend towards green building practices with almost 25 years of developing sustainable concrete design.