30 Dec '15, 8pm

Is Healthy the New Green?

Is Healthy the New Green?

In an earlier post I discussed Why we should be talking about comfort, not energy efficiency - We should be focusing on people, not buildings; that the real role of a building is to keep us healthy, happy, safe and comfortable. Energy is just an input, a variable; the fact that a comfortable building will use a lot less of it is a happy coincidence. I mentioned also how "I have come around to admire the Well Standard; they get comfort, nourishment, lighting and mindfulness in a way that more conventional standards do not." Now, writing in the Guardian, the CEO of the US Green Building Council, which offers LEED, makes much the same point. LEED has always been about more than just energy, but Rick Fedrizzi thinks that it is time to move the needle even more. In 2016, erecting sustainable, profitable green buildings will no longer be enough to stand out. Buildings will also ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/healthy-new-...

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