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Rensselaer places sustainability at the center of the architectural conversation The gravity of the situation demands nothing less. Buildings currently account for more than one-third of the total energy consumption in the United States as well as nearly 40 percent of U.S. carbon production and much of that energy consumption is wasted. The traditional design of buildings in which systems like electrical heatingventilation air conditioning and watersewer are piped through the structure often snaking through walls and between floors comes at a tremendous cost to efficiency. Rensselaers formidable think tank the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology CASE is leading the way toward new solutions. CASE is developing products and design techniques that will make 21st century buildings self-sufficient entities capable of integrating the production and metabolism of energy water and waste water directly into design. We are entering an era in which buildings will have to perform far more efficiently said Anna Dyson director of CASE. Rensselaer CASE and the Built Ecology program put students in a very competitive position. The architect of the future will need to be technically literate flexible and adept at incorporating emerging technology in buildings and our students are confident that they can be a protagonist in that process. Select SoA students are chosen for the undergraduate program at CASE where they take a full semester of classes within the Manhattan offices of Skidmore Owings Merrill. In this way they get to leverage Rensselaers research platform while experiencing life in the fast lane of one of the worlds most prestigious architectural firms.