It wasn’t too long ago that I shared an opinion that the present day Green Buildings/ Green-Mark policies & initiatives are merely showmanship and status quo; that may not have the best interest of energy conservation. Well, now, the good fellows at District of Columbia Department of the Environment have just raised the bar, and I strongly hope that this would be the benchmark for the world to adhere to.
Net Zero & Living Building Financial Study; A Cost Comparison Report for the Buildings in the District of Columbia, was a study conducted by New Building Institute (NBI), International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and Skanska… conceptually transformed three LEED v3 Platinum design buildings to Net-Zero Energy, Water & Living Buildings. Typically, they focused their scope on the 3 commonly developed building types; office new construction, multifamily new construction and office renovation.
“The findings in this report are eye-opening. It presents us with a policy framework that will help us achieve our goal to slash energy use to half of what it was in 2010 by 2032, and provides us with the data to back it up,” says Bill Updike, green building specialist for the District Department of the Environment. “The District has a history of leading on progressive green building policies. This report will aid our efforts to further advance the building industry toward more resilient, restorative facilities.”
The ideas & objectives may seem a little bold & idealistic, but mind you, they are in essence what every town, city, state, province, nation & continent should consider adopting. It is no news that fossil fuel is depleting fast, it is no news that energy consumption per capita is rising exponentially, and it is no news that everything that adds up can cripple any country’s running cost on year.
So, with as little as 1 to 3% added initial cost of construction, where the designs are intended to conserve, retain & sustain, new developments can potentially save up to 60% of energy consumption. And if multiplied across the town, city, state, province, nation & continent, savings are humongous.
These savings can then be translated to address social benefits & needs.
Imagine a world of built environment or eco-systems that helps to regenerate & conserve the elements of energy & resources. No, we will not degenerate into cavemen, but rather, every experience is very much like a walk in the park.
A simple act today, adopt a simple change in mindsets & philosophies, applied to the practices of today’s architecture & building industries, can ripple into something that benefits many generations hereon after.
In the entries to come, I shall attempt to share little insights on how each individual can do their part in the smallest mundane ways to save & sustain the planet.
It would be great if each of us who read & agree with the above mentioned idea, would begin by spreading this article along, via social media, word of mouth and every other imaginable means, so that the policy makers learn of the tangible benefits, so that the movers & shakers in the relevant industries learn & implement these ideas.
Sharing is caring, and we musn’t stop sharing.
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