Smarter Architecture

SmarterArchitecture Features Arkansas communities and buildings — such as the Clinton Library — that use sustainable concepts. (Credit: William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Foundation)

SmarterArchitecture features high-performance, sustainable communities and buildings in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission - Arkansas Energy Office and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center developed a 170-page, full color publication highlighting communities and buildings that use sustainable concepts and energy-efficient design and technologies.

SmarterArchitecture shows how design professionals, building owners and community leaders can be stewards of the environment while promoting economic development.

SmarterArchitecture was developed to:
Show the impact of energy on planning and policy development at the local level. Energy efficiency occurs naturally in thoughtful community planning and urban design. The publication highlights numerous communities that participated in extensive studies and subsequently implemented practices such as updating codes, creating mixed-use areas (emphasizing downtown revitalization) and creating public outdoor spaces, pedestrian connections and neighborhood character.

Encourage the principles of embodied energy: The reuse and rehabilitation of existing, structurally sound buildings saves energy and resources while maintaining local historic character. Our older city centers can be major contributors towards energy conservation. The renovated Pulaski County Administration building and Kramer School are two examples of many older city centers highlighted in the publication.

Encourage energy-efficient new construction. Numerous case studies in SmarterArchitecture identify new commercial, public and private projects that incorporated energy strategies and technologies to significantly reduce annual operating costs.

Promote sustainable design/build objectives: sustainable site planning; safeguarding water and water efficiency; promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy; conserving materials and resources; and ensuring indoor environmental quality. Many of the projects highlighted in SmarterArchitecture are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified.

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