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Sustainable design

Bruce Friedman | Posted in General Questions on

We talk a lot about ‘sustainable design’ on this site and within the design and building world. I am curious how you all define this concept in terms of the ‘sustainable’ and ‘green’ construction methods of building that we discuss in this forum..

According to the dictionary sustainable is defined as “of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged”

I will leave the question as is for now and see where it leads.

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    Martin Holladay | | #1

    Bruce,
    I wrote my thoughts on the topic some time ago: What Does ‘Sustainable’ Mean?

  2. Chris Koehn | | #2

    Here's one of the most comprehensive articles I've seen on what sustainability is and what it is not: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/5502 Speaks to design and building pretty well and clearly.

  3. Bruce Friedman | | #3

    Thanks for the links....that is basically my point. The word 'sustainable' is being use incorrectly, perhaps as marketing tool or maybe for lack a better term. It is becoming the new "green'. Nothing we are building I would consider 'sustainable' ....maybe energy efficient or 'less bad' that 10 years ago. But certainly not sustainable.

    We have a long way to go to be truly sustainable...not sure it is even possible.

    See this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyghLnbp20U

    What do you think? Sustainable or science fiction?

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