It's a moving target and, like TreeHugger hero Chris Magwood, we are all learning on the job.
The Walrus, a Canadian general interest magazine, titles its article The False Promise of Green Housing. Given the kind of articles the magazine has published, I worried that this was going to be a long attack on the industry. It's not. It never mentions a false promise; it is mostly about TreeHugger hero Chris Magwood and his research into the embodied carbon of building materials, and has the subhead, "One designer is challenging the conventional wisdom about environmentally friendly construction." It starts with Chris at the Green Building Show in Toronto (where I photographed him), complaining about the building (which I always do too).
I often go on about how important Chris's research is, and I am not alone. Author Viviane Fairbank quotes a builder in Boston: “It was like a light turning on,” says Paul Eldrenkamp, a remodeller who attended the keynote lecture in Boston. “We’ve been doing everything wrong.” She writes:
Magwood didn’t invent the term embodied carbon; it has circulated in the architecture world for the last decade or so. Until recently, most architects and engineers insisted that the environmental impact of embodied carbon was near-trivial compared to operational emissions. But Magwood’s calculations show how far off those assumptions could be: in some cases, if architects accounted for embodied emissions in their buildings, they would be admitting responsibility for at least twice the carbon footprint.
Read entire article HERE.
"What is "the conventional wisdom about environmentally friendly construction"?"; By Lloyd Alter; Treehugger; November 11, 2019