16 Jan '12, 8pm

Embodied Energy and Green Building: Does it matter?

Embodied Energy and Green Building: Does it matter?

Jim Howe: Frieze Building, Ann Arbor Michigan, 20047 /CC BY 2.0 Oh, the virtues and failures of Twitter; here is a little conversation from Saturday: Mike at @bruteforceblog : Embodied energy and carbon are not good arguments for preservation. There are much more valid reasons. Andrew at @wanderu: Has anyone published reasoned-out argument against embodied energy ? @lloydalter : Two words: Sunk Cost. @wanderu: Ah, microeconomics. Well, since microeconomics is bullshit, I'm not buying that argument. OK, @wanderu, here is a longer answer. Embodied Energy is a concept that is often used to justify the preservation of existing buildings rather than the building of new ones; It refers to the energy bound up in the making of the building's materials, transporting them to the site and constructing the building. Donovan Rypkema has written: We all diligently recycle our Coke cans....

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