Rhode Island School of Design Pioneering Green Construction

With a commitment to greener construction, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is leading the movement to make the construction industry more sustainable.

Seemingly simple changes, such as using wood as a main structural element in new construction, can both cut down on greenhouse gas emissions from the production of steel and concrete and utilize the building itself to store carbon absorbed from the atmosphere. This change in process even saves time compared to typical construction projects, without traditional constraints such as weather and temperature that concrete imposes—all contributing to the school’s plans to offset 70% of its overall energy usage

“If you look at the big picture, the notion that a renewable material can come to characterize a lot of our buildings is a no-brainer,” said Nader Tehrani, a RISD alumnus and principal of NADAAA, the Boston-based architecture firm that designed RISD’s newest building. “It requires a little bit of risk to demonstrate that a different system may be better.”

The Council applauds RISD for leading the charge to build a more sustainable world. Read more in the Providence Journal.

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