Posted by Jim on August 14, 2003 at 06:11:31:
In Reply to: "Green Building Materials" Versus "Embodied Energy+Health Risks" posted by Harry Pasternak on August 14, 2003 at 05:59:21:
In this System Of Things, there is simply no answer to your implied question as to why can't we have both 'green' materials and good building materials that cost little. There is inherent cost to everything, especially in architecture, and even if an architect could specify only materials he thought to be 'green' he would find that the suppliers of those materials were in it for the profit (there is no altruism in the construction industry!) and thus would charge as much as the market would bear. Therefore, let no one think that 'green' always means cheaper; the relative cheapness of cost of materials has more to do with market conditions for them: availabiltiy of raw materials, cost of fabrication, degree of competition, distribution and regulatory factors. If you are designing a hut in a forest where you can use the local lumber and such, then you might be able to build a really 'green' structure, but aside from such a setting, building 'green' is really just more modern hype of a current 'buzz word.'
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