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Green Buildings: Now and Moving Forward

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As a small business owner, I'm always trying to find ways to cut costs and boost the dependability of my services. To that end, I've become increasingly invested in learning about energy saving...

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I recently came across this transcript of a Washington Post interview of Donnel Baird from BlocPower and Jason Mclennan from Mclennan Design about the state of clean buildings and their future. I think a lot of the members of this community would find it really interesting. Below, I’ve pasted a couple of the quotes I found particularly insightful. Let me know what you think. 

Jason Mclennan on the importance of building codes:

"MR. McLENNAN: Well, we need to‑‑we need to both pull from the top and push from the bottom. So we definitely need codes to keep getting more stringent, and of course, we're seeing that in California. In Seattle, where I live, you know, the building codes are leadership level for municipal scale.

But we need to go beyond codes. Codes are really the worst allowed by law, when you think about it. So we can raise the bottom, but we also need to have aspirational projects and examples, and we need corporate leadership and private leadership to build better buildings. And we need to go way beyond code compliance if we're going to tackle climate change."

Jason Mclennan on the costs associated with green buildings:

"MR. McLENNAN: Yeah. I think the cost thing is a bit of an old story. I mean, I think that it used to be very true that a lot of the things we talk about were more expensive than conventional ways of doing things, but that's been changing over the years. And I do tell people that regardless of your budget, regardless of how much money you have to spend, there are things you can do to improve the efficiency of your home, the efficiency of whether it's appliances or just your operations in general. There's always something you can do, and obviously, it's easier in life, if you have money to do all sorts of things, but people shouldn't be deterred from starting a green journey, if you will, based on economics.

And the truth is that if you are looking at green building as we're talking about, you will save money as well. So this is a better economic proposition, definitely in the long term.

But if you're, for example, needing to do a retrofit in your home now and that's a moment when you are going to be spending some money, there are better choices to make that are within your budget across the board, from appliances, windows, lights, everything, and people shouldn't assume that they can't go green. They should not assume that anymore, and they just need to do some research and reach out to different groups that have lots of information, and there is a lot of information available on the Web for sure. And a lot of nonprofits now share tons of resources on how to green your home and your office."


 

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