Years ago I spoke with the builder of a very green prefab, who told me about someone who came in and saw the bamboo floors (yes, they were a green thing once) and asked “how does that save energy?” For years, particularly in the USA, the green movement was positioned as an energy saving, money saving thing. Now we are reaping what we sowed, as low energy prices dampen interest in the green movement. As Martin Holladay notes in Green Building Advisor: In 2016, green builders will need to face the implications of low energy prices. It’s an important article, so thanks to GBA for offering a “GBA Prime Sneak Peek” to non-subscribers so that we can discuss it.
Martin starts with the obvious: Interest in green building is down because energy is cheap.