I just came back form this architecture lecture by Michelle Addington at the UBC Robson Square hosted byUBC school of architecture + landscape architecture and sponsored by BChydro powersmart. Looks like more gloomy news from the architure field in regards to sustainable design. To sum it up, we (the greenies) still have a mountain to climb to convince the world to build better buildings. Even michelle addington does not support the passive house standard and claims that some building at the Yale campus to be the greenest building in usa (or even the world). I guess she has never heard of net zero buildings or rammed-earth buildings. She still believes in pumping active heating/cooling systems into buildings and using high-energy consuming geothermal systems to heat and cool the buildings rather than focusing on good solar orientation and excellent building envelopes. Quite a sad deal! One interesting thing she mentioned is how few architects show up at energy conferences around the world, even though it is a common fact that buildings contribute about 50% of the total CO2 emissions in the world.
A few links about articles she has mentioned:
This is an article about the $100 million lawsuit against USBGC/LEED for stating false advertising that their buildings save energy. I have known for a while that (unfortunately) LEED is just a point hunting system to get publicity. Don’t’ get me wrong, there are some good merits to the LEED program. It does not care too much about energy use but it does care about the site, water use, and materials/off-gassing and so on.
An article by George Baird from August 2011 about sustainability published in Architectural Record.
And don’t get me started on Peter Eisenman