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One of the most pressing concerns many people have in the 21st century—and with good reason—are related to sustainability and efficiency. Modern human society uses resources at an alarming rate and for over a century, we have taken far more from the environment than we have given back. In today’s culture, we now have a greater awareness of our role as the dominant species on the planet, and the consequences of our rapid, voracious expansion, which is why we now try to be more efficient and more sustainable with our efforts. Our buildings are an especially important part of this process, traditionally demanding a huge amount of resources, but as architectural cost consultants, Vermeulens is dedicated to ensuring our clients don’t spend more than they need to, and, perhaps more importantly, don’t use more than they need to. However, another interesting challenge that is now entering into architecture is the integration of clean energy sources into the buildings themsel