Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Canadian Architects well on the Green Path

This ambitious plan, developed by architect Edward Mazria, advocates three major points: 1) that all new buildings and developments be designed to use half the fossil fuel energy they would typically consume; 2) that at a minimum, an equal amount of existing building area be renovated annually to use half the amount of fossil fuel energy currently being consumed; and 3) that the fossil fuel reduction standard for all new buildings be increased to 60% in 2010, 70% in 2015, 80% in 2020, 90% in 2025 and carbon- neutral by 2030. When we discuss the term "carbon-neutral," we are referring to buildings that do not use fossil fuel greenhouse gas-emitting energy to operate.

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