buildings and climate change
the un recently released a report on the issue of buildings and climate change in which they noted the staggering possibilities in terms of reducing emissions and greening our world, to which the post headline on archinect read, “wow, architects are cooler than al gore!” the report said, “buildings can play a key role in climate change.” this is something we’ve discussed before. commercial buildings alone produce some 34% of greenhouse gas emissions. meanwhile, 72% of the greenhouse gases produced by buildings is a result of simply lighting, heating, and cooling. nonetheless, this reported suggested a host of simple fixes including technologies and architectural design strategies that have been used for centuries, seemingly forgotten over the last few decades, including, sun shading, effective use of natural ventilation, and the accommodation of natural diffused light. i’m glad to see this report is being taking seriously. i don’t think it’s a shock to anyone that we have to start building differently and building responsibly.