Neal Peirce: Are Green Buildings Affordable?

New projects are challenging the popular notion that green buildings are too expensive.
July 22, 2004, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"[A]re green buildings economic enough to build? The popular notion has been "no" -- that innovations such as solar panels are too costly, that unconventional building materials or design elements pose the risk of construction delays and higher costs.

By contrast, Charles Lockwood, architectural critic and author, recently e-mailed me: "The 'green is too expensive' myth is no longer true." A variety of real-life projects with standard construction costs, he notes, are receiving silver or gold ratings from U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating system."

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Published on Sunday, July 11, 2004 in The Washington Post Writers Group
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