Speeding up construction on ‘green’ homes
June 15, 2009, 4:03pm PDT | Length: 00:03:05
At Greentech Media’s Green Building Summit at SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif., Serious Material Chairman Marc Porat discusses the challenges associated with building "green" residential homes. He believes it’s important for the green industry to persuade governments to mandate environmentally sustainable buildings in order to speed up construction.
>> The residential part of America, which is one hundred and twenty six million homes, if we retrofit them at the rate of one million homes per year, is a one hundred and twenty six year transformation, outside the election cycle. Not good. In fact the current course and speed is, if Matt Golden's in the room, you'll hear from him later, current course and speed of deep energy retrofits by the home performance industry, of which Matt is probably you know, the leader in the country, is doing ten thousand homes a year, which means a twelve thousand year transformation. So a million homes a year, you know, it's pretty good. The number that I've been proposing around town, when I say town I mean Washington, is six million homes a year, and the correlate number of commercials. So let's say two to three commercial, six million residential. Six million residential at a mere fifteen thousand dollars per home, which is not enough, twenty thousand is a better number, gives you a ninety to a hundred and twenty billion dollar a year industry, like that. There are the jobs. Right there is well over a million jobs. There's the jobs, there's the energy, because that retrofit is what's gonna take half the energy, or a third of the energy out of existing buildings. The same thing, England, net zero energy residential twenty sixteen, commercial twenty nineteen. And the Parliament, the EU Parliament as has been described, passed by overwhelming margin, residential twenty nineteen, commercial TBD. So it's absolutely in the air. Notice China's not on this list. They've got a few things lurking around, not on the list. India not on the list. Brazil, Russia not on the list. So the call to action is global, get these things mandated for new buildings and for existing buildings. New buildings net zero right away, and existing buildings let's make a twenty year transformation of the existing built environment. Twenty year transformation, so that anything you build new is net zero, anything that exists today, twenty years from today is gonna be consuming half the energy, if not better. What if we could actually do that. What if we stood up as an industry, all of us, and said yes the building inaudible yes we can. Yes we've got ourselves the architects and the engineers, we've got the builders, we've got the developers and the owners, we've got the tenants, we've got the banks, we've got federal stimulus, etcetera. All the pieces are now ready to combust, absolutely the wrong verb in that context, but you get the idea. They're ready to, it's ready to happen. The vectors are all pointing in the right direction, and they're all with us, and this is what we need to do. What if. Now I did my little part, this is my house in Palo Alto. Took the house, sustainable spaces, transformed it, net zero. Okay. One person can do it, and one person is just like buying a Prius. We got to do it as an industry-wide thing. Imagine if, this is something that we all got behind and said it's feasible, it's realistic, it's real, and we actually made it happen, and we made it happen right away.
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