In case you didn’t suss it out, the name of this blog is meant facetiously. Green building really isn’t easy, and it’s been a long road with a bunch of detours to get to where we are. Think about it—in living memory we went from a past with houses that air leaks and over-sized heating systems kept from rotting apart to a present where a mistake in just one of several energy-saving mechanisms can lead to spectacular failure.
Today, we can build houses spaceship-tight, but that calls for an attention to detail that’s not always available. Any job is only as good as the worst worker on the crew will do unsupervised. For someone to do a job well, simply showing them the process isn’t enough. In time, they’ll find a shortcut that short-circuits the purpose. Or they’ll forget a step. Or circumstances will change slightly and they won’t know how to adapt.
For someone to know how to do a job well, they need to understand why the job is important and how each step of the procedure supports the whole. To put this in terms of the job, if an employee understands why something works, then remembering how it goes together is a lot easier.
A similar line of reasoning applies to clients as well. If a customer understands why something works, then being willing to pay for the steps necessary to achieve the desired end becomes a lot more likely. Sure, there is the unicorn-customer who has the desire to build green, the money to do the job, and trusts you, the builder, to get it done. Those people aren’t who I’m talking about.
Most potential clients and newbie employees have a half-baked understanding of how…