We should stop regarding green buildings as something to be proud of.

Originally published at fairsnape.com on March 28, 2017.

The sustainability media platform Green Biz carried an extract from FutuREstorative Chapter Six, the New Sustainability Standards, titledA case for reconstructing the world of sustainable building standards”

“FutuREstorative, Working Towards a New Sustainability,” is published by RIBA Publishing.

Sustainable building certification standards are immense influencers on not only the built environment sector but also commercial, industrial and domestic green lifestyles. With that influence comes a real responsibility in establishing the current direction of travel for the industry against a backdrop of climate and social change with increasing pressure for economic growth .

Get it right, and we move closer to addressing major climate change issues, attaining carbon reduction targets and achieving ecologically, economically and socially just goals. Get it wrong and the negative impact ripples far beyond the built environment sector.

It is the purpose of certification schemes not only to establish ‘best’ practices for design, construction and operation but to go beyond current best practice and establish a vision for sustainable buildings, setting ‘required practice’.

We should stop regarding green buildings as something to be proud of. They should be seen as the norm. The way we build. Indeed, as a sector we should feel guilty about not using our skills and expertise to create buildings that are regenerative, restoring the environment and improving wellbeing for us and future generations.

That we remain content to commission, design, build and operate buildings below this sustainability threshold reinforces the argument that the built environment sector is one of low aspiration.

Green Biz article

FutuREstorative

Martin Brown

Originally published at fairsnape.com on March 28, 2017.