23 Jun '11, 1pm

Re-calibrating green building certification in two cartoons

Re-calibrating green building certification in two cartoons

By now, we all know that an otherwise "green" building in a relatively inaccessible location is just a pretender, given that it will generate far more in carbon emissions from transportation than the building's technology purports to save. Conversely, even an ordinary building in a highly accessible, urban location is better for the environment than most anything that goes up in a greenfield. It's best to have both, of course: great green technology in a great accessible location. Alas, our current green building rating systems like LEED don't work that way , even if they are inching in that direction. So my friend, the multi-talented architect and visual artist Dhiru Thadani , has a suggestion or two. Enjoy: Move your cursor over the images for credit information. Kaid Benfield writes (almost) daily about community, development, and the environment. For more posts, see hi...

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