Enviropundit]: LEED 2004 Roundup
I was thinking along the same lines as Qui Baoxing, vice minister of construction for the People’s Republic of China:
Human need for living space evolves through four phases: shelter, comfortable buildings, healthy buildings, and green buildings. While the first uses little or no energy, the second and third have high energy consumption. [There is a] need to design green buildings with high levels of energy efficiency and renewable energy, recycled materials, and harmony between people and nature.
(According to Bill McDonough, interviewed in Sustainable Industries Journal, China needs to build 400 million [ million!] housing units over the next dozen years. ‘That’s the largest migration ever.’)