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The green building is a practical response to what we see happning around us.

It concerns itself with a variety of issues that affect us all-indoor air quality, energy conservation. The "Peak Oil " hypothesis, widely accepted now, postulates that we have neared enough (10 years) or have reached already the point at which we cannot collectivley pump enough oil per day as we could. With rising demand the end of the cheap oil era is nearby. The potential dangers in handling LNG and the averse reaction to hosting off-loading facilities by many countries will not allow this source of energy to be distributed without increased expense. 

The climate is changing due to the fact that man's presence on the planet has introduced through industrialization the mass production and use of energy, which has released-and is releasing-significant amount of CO2 gases, which finally trap enough of the earth's heat being radiated otherwise into space. Buildings produce around 50% of the world's CO2 gases. We should aim to use renewable energy sources and recycled products where possible to generate a building using less energy to build and operate. These buildings have a "smaller carbon footprint". Taking it a step further, houses can be designed to produce as much as they are consuming, if that is the overriding priority.

There is plenty of scope within the above to allow a healthy discussion regarding the future and its concerns. The eventual outcome does not have to adhere to any particular form save the form that best addresses the elements to create a healthy and cost effective forward looking building. With the running cost of buildings being twice as much as the cost of construction over their lifetime, this matter should find itself on top of the agenda of anybody interested in procuring a building.

September 2011.