Discussion Board: Profits vs. Incentives

JuleMos-6935 copy“There is definitely interest in sustainability; however, we haven’t reached a point where manufacturers are convinced that there is enough demand. I did my part last week to convince a rep from an insulation company that their eco-products should be sold in the US. The recovered US economy has brought a fiscal conservativism that challenges every design decision. I will keep fighting for it on all fronts.”

Julie Torres Moskovitz, Fabrica718, “Welcome to the Passive House Party”


“Our clients and their expectations for innovation and sustainability, without relying on government incentives, are the drivers in all of our green projects. UniverCity Childcare is achieving all the Living Building Challenge certification goals while costing 18 percent less to build than conventional child-care centers elsewhere in our region.”

Karen Marler, Hughes Condon Marler Architects, “Nature + Nurture”


“Profit is driving the private sector as it rushes to meet the requirements of government institutions from the GSA to municipal governments that require new facilities to be LEED certified. This alone has driven more people who never wanted to or knew how to design or build green to do it or lose out on a lot of potential business.”

Tommy Linstroth, Trident Sustainability Group, “Find the Source”


“We are definitely at the point where well-designed, environmentally sustainable, and energy-efficient buildings can be constructed within a modest budget. That was the goal with our high-performance modular classroom. Including solar panels, we can manufacture Sprout Space for $150 per square foot.”

Allen Post, Perkins+Will, “Meet Sprout Space”


“In today’s market, being green pays as much as it saves. Clients no longer simply focus on the question of cost. The common question now is ‘How much energy will this save?’ The new emerging priority is a balance between economics and energy savings. Mainstream markets are demanding highly efficient solutions.”

Kristine J. Renner, Wilson Architects, “Up in the Air: Chemical Reactions”