Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Ask the Green Architect: Why Should I Care About Green Building Anyway?

By Eric Corey Freed

Typically, I am suspicious of lists with an even number of ten items on them. It makes me think only eight or nine could be found and they made up a couple. Today, I am breaking my own rule and bringing you the ten most often asked questions I receive about green building.

After nearly 15 years in green building, I have observed widespread misunderstanding of some basic principals of sustainability. In the future, all buildings will be green. It is inevitable in order for our species to survive. The sooner everyone comes to a basic understanding of how to be environmentally responsible, the better off we all will be.

Click here to read my answers to the most popular questions I receive in regards to building green.


  1. I care about green building and appreciate the efforts of the USGBC to bring it to the forefront of design and construction. My problem is that my clients love the "environmentally friendly building idea" but only a few want to pay for it.

    I can seee this attitude changing but not any time soon.

  2. Why is green building so hot now? Whay not 10 years ago?