Energy & Atmosphere

The goal of sustainable development is to create healthy environments through environmentally responsible planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance. As development intersects with environmental concerns and the rising cost of energy, a growing field within building design has emerged -sustainable design, the practice of designing, constructing, and operating buildings i n a manner that minimizes their environmental impact (AutoDesk Revit 2005). The Energy and Atmosphere category of LEED is at the heart of the Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).