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Because of our extensive knowledge in the architecture and energy fields, Innovative Design and its staff have provided expertise and influence on local, state, and global scales. Our conferences and workshops, technical papers and publications, and association involvement is a critical part of who we are at Innovative Design. We believe that advocacy and advanced research is key to advancing sustainability and we are continually dedicating time to achieve this goal.
Innovative Design is proud to be viewed as sustainability leaders by our peers. A few key influences based upon Innovative Design's work:

Four Oaks Elementary School: Sparks Daylighting within Schools
Four Oaks Elementary school was the first daylit school in North Carolina. Performance results from Four Oaks, both in terms of building energy use and student performance, as well as subsequent technical papers written by Innovative Design, led to national studies on the benefits of daylighting and have positioned Innovative Design as a leader in daylighting.
Durant Road Middle School: A Case Study for Sustainable Design Globally
Durant Road Middle School has received considerable worldwide attention, both for the exceptional daylighting as well as the overall sustainable design concept.

In 1997, the American Institute of Architects selected the Durant Road Middle School as one of the top ten most environmentally friendly buildings in the United States.

Durant was also chosen as
one of only five projects from the United States, and one of only three schools worldwide to be highlighted at the inaugural International Green Building Challenge in Vancouver, British Columbia. CNN featured the school's daylighting and its positive impact on the students in their weekly special, Science and Technology Week.
Northern Guilford Middle School: Holistic Water Cycle
The school features a holistic water cycle
approach (rainwater to toilet flushing to a
"Living Machine" to underground irrigation
to the aquifer) that is coupled with bio-swales
and wetlands. This holistic water cycle has
been widely celebrated:
• State of North Carolina continuously uses the system as training for their wastewater operators
• State of North Carolina's Wastewater Treatment Conference has made numerous visits as a case study.
• National Wastewater Conference has made multiple visits as a case study.
• One of eight case studies for the CDC's (Center for Disease Control) study on proper on-site wastewater management