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Frequently Asked Questions
What can be done to make sustainability and green building cost-effective?
A thorough evaluation of the design and a cost control process helps design teams create and implement these synergies. New construction is “easier” to implement, but renovations can be more difficult. Putting a build or renovation through our assessments will create the models that align design, cost, value, and environmental impact affordable. We’ve found the process for making green sustainable building cost-effective and profitable.
What does the future of sustainable building look like?
The future of sustainable building is not only a possibility but a must. Our resources are finite.
For green and sustainable building to be the standard of all builds, we need society, government, and builders ready to take the leap outside “the way we’ve always done things” or “green is too expensive.”
Sustainable and environmental building has a strong future, we aim to make it standard.
How is energy-efficient building affecting interior air quality?
To ensuring air quality remains healthy in energy-efficient buildings and homes, we need ventilation and healthier products inside our homes and office buildings.
Using products that have little to no off-gassing helps tremendously and ventilation helps circulate toxic and unhealthy air with clean air.
Adding air filtration is an additional assist for keeping the balance between healthy inside air and being energy efficient.
How does climate change impact the construction industry?
The naturally occurring effects of climate change, such as the anticipated increase in frequency and/or severity of adverse weather conditions, will have an impact on the design of the skin, HVAC systems and risk allocation of construction projects.
How can long-range planning stay sustainable, current with technology, and be fiscally responsible?
Please read The Sustainable city. A Framework for the Eco-city of the future. There is a framework for the Eco-city of the future that takes the Prosperity 4 into account, Choice, Access, mobility, and space. It’s adaptability to social economic and tec
How to shift developers' mindset on capital savings vs long-term operational savings
Our approach is to assist developers in identifying practices that save up front and over time. This allows them to introduce other options up front that have a small upfront cost with a quick payback.
How do we make sustainable building products more affordable so architects will specify them, even on non-LEED projects?
Green at No Cost tasks the government with identifying and taxing or regulating the “dirty” industries so that market forces can pick winners from amongst the “clean” industries. It is our job as economists to shine a light on best and worst practices to facilitate this process.
How do you introduce and apply these green methods in remote areas with weak economies and basic infrastructure?
Since most of these save upfront and over time it is important to build awareness first and then collaborate to identify the quickest and easiest to implement.
How much government involvement is needed to achieve the Green at No Cost level everywhere?
Green at No Cost is intended as a guidebook that works within existing governance structures and allows for the removal of most subsidies and many regulations.