09 Sep '11, 3pm

The greenest commercial building in the world

The greenest commercial building in the world

Forward Print Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google+ Subscribe America was largely built in a time when nature was viewed as a thing to be tamed and subdued. It was a time of cheap abundant energy, plentiful water, and general indifference to the impact of distant extractive industries that produce the materials needed to build a city. That period is over. The new era has been given a name by some scientists: the Anthropocene, from the Greek words for “man” and “new.” There is no longer any portion of the planet unaffected by human activity—much of it clumsy and ill-informed. We dam mighty rivers, clear cut virgin forests, trawl the ocean bottom, throw away rich topsoil, waste fresh water, and produce a flood of long-lived toxic pollutants. We are even changing the world’s climate. Yet virtually no new buildings—even new “green” buildings—are being constructed to function effic...

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