Re-calibrating green building certification in two cartoons
Posted June 23, 2011 at 1:25PM
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.