Sustainability Is Not Green

1510 WordsFeb 3, 20186 Pages
What is sustainability? In contemporary design, sustainability is a furious warrior under a green coat. People usually attribute sustainability with the color “green,” essence of nature or love and care for mother earth. In the context of construction, this means placing plants in buildings, installing green roofs and use local construction materials. Sustainability is much more than a green coat concept draped over buildings. Sustainability is strong, a courageous idea that would change the future. To sustain is to withstand and endure without “giving away.” A sustainable civilization should not empty natural resources and endanger the environment. To sustain is “…to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Preservation runs parallel with the concept of sustainability. To sustain is to preserve the current. To Sustain is to discard the idea of wastefulness. Concern about the environment and preservation of natural resource had become a heated debate among citizens, designers, and politics. United States alone uses a significant among of world’s energy and produces a great amount of greenhouse gas. According to U.S. Department of Energy’s EIA for 2007, commercial and residential buildings consume about 40 percent of the energy usage in the United States. Building constructions plays an important role in sustainable development and environmental preservation because building life cycle starts with
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