The Green House Effect: Eco-Friendly Design Grows More Practical and More Acceptable (Practice)
Residential Architect 2005, March, 9, 2
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So much for our nation's red and blue recent past. America is turning green, and the change is only partly related to politics. If you looked at a time-release map of the United States over the past five years, you would see the color seeping across the country, as environmentally-friendly building has become more desirable and more doable--no longer a buzzword but the bedrock of sound design and construction. The sea change started in the late 1990s, with the U.S. Green Building Council's system for rating the environmental impact of commercial buildings, and now sustainability is tugging the residential tributary toward the mainstream as well. Two decades ago, green design was an oxymoron, a fringe movement that was narrowly focused and produced buildings that were often uninspiring. More recently, it was seen as a luxury for those who could afford to tinker with building-integrated photovoltaics and fancy air filtration systems. Theoretically, private clients wanted a resource-and energy-efficient home, but they didn't know how to ask for it, and they certainly didn't want to pay more for it. Architects didn't understand it either, at least not in any sophisticated way. That is changing measurably, driven by several far-reaching developments.
- 2,99 €
- Category: Art & Architecture
- Published: 01 March 2005
- Publisher: Hanley-Wood, Inc.
- Print Length: 10 Pages
- Language: English