Is there a green quest for the masses?
Being aware of reasons that housing for the masses has failed in many aspects prompted me to research the current alternatives for the future. I came to this site (GBA) to learn from, what I believe to be some of the best resources available. For the first five months I read a lot. I was seeking a solution for the large scale housing injustices that were (and still are) being sold to the public in massive numbers.
How can we produce housing that will best serve the majority of human beings in the future?
For such a clear and simple sounding question I’ve learned that there are complexities beyond my comprehension to be dealt with first. Obstacles if you will.
There seem to be two basic schools of thought regarding green building.
The ” Conventional Green” approach that applies state of the art scientific research and developement technologies, using highly rated building materials for the creation of very efficient ,
well built homes.
And “Natural Home” building, that utilizes available natural building materials and techniques to create very efficient, well built homes.
“Conventional Green” is the most popular by publication these days, and is used by custom home builders to offer their clients very nice homes that are at the top of the efficiency game. “Government Green” plays a role in this process by offering various tax incentives that apply to the use of certain green approved building materials and standards. The cost of building this way as a rule is more than other, previous conventional home building techniques. Minimum building code requirements are often exceeded by building CG. Questions related to test of time things like future air quality remain for me.
“Natural Homes” are more often built by a different mind set that I believe to be based on simplistic, natural science. The building materials come out of the earth and are natural. These homes offer very similar efficiencies, as a rule cost less to build, have proven the test of time and are proven to be healthy. This style of green building is not as closely tied to Government program qualification and therefore does not get equal publication consideration in my opinion.
Based on facts, Natural Home green building would be todays solution for offering the best dollar value attainable. By producing very nice homes that are built to exceed code requirements and mimimize the negative impact to the earth, our health and our pocket books the masses could benifit greatly for a change.
This is my take based on the Six month+ journey that I’ve taken thus far with the GBA.
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