Saturday, June 26, 2010

Challenging the Idea of sustainability: Net Zero Buildings?

This is pretty cool!  I've been reading a lot of online material and some of the first things I've come across are ideas for sustainability presented by the EPA.  I just read the building section.

  • 80% of the pop live in urban communities/cities
  • 40% of energy consumed in the US is by buildings
Their solution?  Net zero energy buildings?  Read the pdf.

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In my research I am realizing that it will be necessary to tie all this info back into houses, cleaning, my life, your life, and why one should even bother reading this post.  I hope I will be able to do this.  I do think they are all connected, all necessary, all worthy of consideration, and all worthy of priority to varying degrees.  

These ideas that are being presented concerning the environment and people are not new ideas.  They are the tentacled evolving process of understanding ourselves, our lifestyles, and our atmospheres.  In that way, I see the connections between my work, my life and my research.   The power that you and I gain through this understanding is similar to the power that we suddenly realized we had when we played telephone as kids!  

Did you hear the info correctly?  Will you tell the next person exactly what you heard or decide to tell them something different?  Do you even remember what you were told?  

At the end of the day I think we are all just playing a big ol' game of telephone.


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