So we were out looking over some mighty nice Land the other day, when my client asked me, "janeAnne...exactly WHAT is involved in a comprehensive plan for eco-development..."
"Well," I answered, "I'm not sure about other areas of the Country, but here in the Greater Asheville Area, "green" architects, developers of eco-communities and the WNC Healthy® Built Homes Program cover a whole array of aspects!"
"Hmmmmm. Interesting, " my client replied. "Are you telling me that they are looking at everything from environmental design right through construction? That would be AWESOME!!"
"Yes," I smiled in response. "It's referred to as the Whole Systems Approach.
William McDonough , co-author of Cradle to Cradle points this out.
I've said this before, and I'll say it again...to many eco-savvy people, Architect William McDonough is a hero. He "practices green architecture on a massive scale.
In a 20-year project, he is redesigning Ford's city-sized River Rouge truck plantand turning it into the Rust Belt's eco-poster child, with the world's largest "living roof" for reclaiming storm runoff. He has created buildings that produce more energy and clean water than they use. Oh, and he's designing seven entirely new and entirely green cities in China."
Great hope for the future?...possibly...Listen here to what he has to say, and decide for yourself. My take: Definitely inspiring for real estate professionals, no matter where you live, or if you live in "interesting " times.
In any case, here is how WNCHB describes the Green/Whole Systems Approach to the comprehensive plan for eco-development.
- Site and Landscape: healthy outdoors by using erosion control and saving existing trees
- Water Efficiency: lower water bills by using high efficiency irrigation and plumbing fixtures
- Building Envelope: lower utility bills by using high efficiency windows and insulation
- Heating and Cooling Systems: higher comfort with efficiency equipment and sealed air ducts
- Appliances and Lighting: lower utility bills by using Energy Star appliances and lighting
- Indoor Air Quality: a healthy interior with non-toxic finishes and minimizing mold
- Materials: a low maintenance home using durable, local, and recycled content materials
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