Archinect - Features 2014-10-30T09:56:58-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/7370136/sustainability-of-workers-rights Sustainability of Workers' Rights Ann Lui 2011-05-23T14:33:01-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/ofpwl0bvbij9p2u7.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The USGBC&rsquo;s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system promotes sustainable construction; however, despite the system&rsquo;s focus on occupant health and comfort, LEED turns a blind eye to worker safety. The building practice, by the nature of its scale, will always rely on mass labor for construction. Yet from early monuments like the Egyptian pyramids or the Great Wall of China to recent slavery charges in the UAE documented by the Human Rights Watch, architecture has always had a complicated relationship with labor rights.</p>