Green building has grown in the past 25 years from a marginal practice by a few avant-garde architect and engineers to a global phenomenon that has resulted in tens of thousands of buildings certified by dozens of rating systems. But the mass market has continued to evade the use of established rating systems. Isn't it time to "reinvent green building" for more widespread use?
Given technology’s constant and rapid change, along with the development of algorithms for doing things that we never expected, such as driving a car, what’s happening with the built environment and building operations? Neglecting for a moment the digital revolutions in architectural design and building construction, it’s easy to see how this revolution is reordering building operations, through the convergence of IT, Real Estate, Energy and Sustainability on building dashboards and cloud platforms.
Which is better for massive and immediate carbon reductions: A handful of Net Zero new buildings or a 5% reduction in energy use by 50% of all buildings? In this post, I make the case for a carbon-reduction strategy that focuses on continuous improvement in resource use, especially on the part of owners of large portfolios of buildings, such as government, university, health care, etc.
The one book the green building movement needs to read...
Reinventing Green Building is a unique insider’s critique of why certified green buildings are failing to provide large-scale carbon reduction. It is a potent vision for the future that the green building industry needs NOW.