Making Green Mainstream

Posted on May 06,2015 by CarlSeville in green building

On Wednesday, December 30, 2009, the New York Times headline read “New Slip in Housing Prices Undercuts Fragile Optimism.” As disappointing as that may sound, I think that it is a sign of hope for green building. Sustainable building has suffered too long from slow acceptance. This is due, I believe, in large part to the drunken orgy of real estate speculation we were living through for much of the last 20 years.

Does Green Building Cost More?

Posted on May 06,2015 by AnnEdminster in cost

Green Building is Better Building, and Better Building is More Expensive. Learning curve certification and better construction details may come at a premium, but the cost will flatten out. The costs of not building green however, will keep going up. When I teach about green building, someone in the audience always asks the inevitable question: "How much does it cost?" After answering this question several gazillion times, I've realized that it boils down to three queries:
1. What does a green rating cost?
2. What's the learning curve?

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