September/October 2008
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September 07, 2008
Who Will Build Them? You have a great magazine and a great blog on your Web site. You frame the question well in a recent editorial, “Who is Going to Build the Zero -Energy Home?” (May/June ’08, p. 2) when you ask who is going to design and build these energy-efficient buildings. If we ignore for a moment the regulatory, economic, policy, and cultural barriers standing in the way of high-performance buildings, the “who” conundrum still looms over the building industry. Does this army of young designers you mention precede or result from updates to policy, cost, and public opinion? I suspect that the “who” will grow as part of changes to the rest of the building industry—changes that will likely be more and more rapid as momentum is gained. But for now the “who” are not yet available. Most green projects are great examples of greenwashing and not much else. On the optimistic side, I was privileged to meet a really talented group of designers at the Carnegie Mellon Center for Building Performance that included architects, mechanical engineers, and computer programmers among others. It really showed me that there ...

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