Over the past decade, the measurement for sustainable design has become a national standardized point-based system. The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) measure, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System, is the leading national standard for evaluating a building’s level of sustainability. Few, if any, studies have explored whether a national standard is a suitable measure across all U.S. regions. Local topography and architectural traditions
influence a region’s sustainable design decisions. This study explored the interaction between of regionalism and sustainable design. In addition, the researcher designed elements of two middle schools interiors to highlight regional differences. To undertake the study, four rural counties, each in a different US geographical regions, were selected. The investigator visited each location, interviewed practitioners, met with students and
teachers, and visited various middle schools. In addition, the researcher visited LEED certified schools around the country and interviewed LEED Accredited Professionals who worked on these schools. After the background research for each site was completed a criteria was created to select the specific site for each county. While the original intent of this study was to explore the effects of regionalism on sustainable design, the conclusion drawn is regionalism effect sustainable design as much as sustainable design effects regionalism.
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