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BNIM wins AIA award for sustainable architecture

on Wednesday,December 22,2010 18:12

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As global warming remains a growing concern, more companies are doing their part to make more sustainable business decisions. Companies that make the extra effort to reduce their carbon footprint may be honored with an award, and Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell Architects (BNIM) is the latest to be recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Recently, BNIM received the 2011 Architecture Firm Award from the AIA because of its environmentally-friendly business practices, according to Real Estate Rama. The company, which has locations in Texas, California and Iowa, only constructs its buildings out of high-performance steel and glass. The goal is to reduce heating and electricity costs with energy-efficient windows, doors and walls.

"Because of their continuous leadership, when it came time to determine the next level of performance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system, I could think of no more qualified firm to be part of crafting this tool," wrote Richard Fedrizzi, Green Building Council president and CEO, according to the news source.

Employment of architects is predicted to increase by 16 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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