04 Jun '12, 11am

Green means energy-efficient: - Not durable: - That's sustainable:

Green means energy-efficient: - Not durable: - That's sustainable:

● "As far as I can tell, focusing on construction materials in isolation — and to the exclusion of other impacts of owning and operating a home — is a mistake. … I combed through CORRIM’s [Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials] life-cycle analyses to try to find the total difference, over 75 years, between carbon emissions for a steel-framed vs. a wood-framed home. And when you add together all life-cycle carbon emissions — for manufacturing and transporting the materials, building the home, maintaining, heating, cooling and lighting it for 75 years, and dismantling and disposing of it at the end — the difference between the two isn't much more than a rounding error. … When I look into CORRIM’s numbers, it's pretty clear that the big carbon impacts from a home are from heating, cooling, and electric power consumption, which typically have little to do w...

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