Designing Bird-Friendly


In the next several weeks legislators will be considering a big new step in Illinois, the HB 247 State Bird Safe Buildings Act, which will require state buildings that are newly constructed or significantly altered to include bird safe materials in their construction. Each year in Illinois we lose thousands of birds due to collisions. 

This bill’s primary purpose is to reduce the number of bird strikes on state structures by incorporating bird-safe materials into the design and construction of buildings or alterations. Studies have shown that by implementing bird-friendly design parameters, collision deaths can be reduced by up to 90 percent. As building designers, architects are key to addressing and mitigating these issues.