For the two of you (hi Mom!) who are regular readers of this Blog, I will begin this one by apologizing for the long absence. For some reason I was hit with a world-class case of spring fever this year. Was it me or was that the longest and coldest winter in recent memory?
the two of you (hi Mom!) who are regular readers of this Blog, I will begin
this one by apologizing for the long absence. For some reason I was hit with a
world-class case of spring fever this year. Was it me or was that the longest
and coldest winter in recent memory? For Kay and I it was certainly the worst
since we moved from North Florida to North Georgia.
Anyway, I have been doing more than my share of goofing off. No apology for
taking the 32nd anniversary trip with my lovely bride and for the chance we had
to spend some quality time with some dear ones.
some reason this gets me thinking about global warming and the word “sustainability.”
Being a big fan of the long view, I think the housing crash is going to yield
some good things (eventually). Constructing more realistic and more sustainable
structures is bound to be one outcome. Builders will no longer throw up
“whatever” because financiers will insist that what they put their money into
must be able to last longer than the length of their loan. Owners will look at
it much the same way. You might not think these concepts would be so unusual,
but no-money-down loans on properties lenders knew less about than they should
have was the way we did business for a very long time. That’s out, and I think
it makes good sense.
buildings must not only be able to last longer but must be able to do their job
better than ever. The first job of any building is to provide shelter from the
elements. That includes wind, rain, cold, heat, critters, bad guys, and
anything else we figure belongs inside rather than out. To be sustainable a
structure must be well designed and then well built.
to the point, I promise. A huge driver of sustainability in construction is the
green movement, which I interpret as doing less damage to the environment and
taking less from the earth as we build our structures. Good work since you end
up with a lower-life-cycle-cost structure that costs less to inhabit.
comes the irony part. One of the big drivers of the green movement is the idea
that manmade global warming is destroying the planet and must be stopped at all
costs. Problem is, the idea of global warming is not “sustainable.” Yeah,
that’s right. We have such short attention spans and the global warming
“crisis” is going to take over a hundred years to prove itself, I wonder how
much longer it is going to be around. It simply will not last. A few more
winters like the one we just had and it may be dead even sooner.
I do think the green movement has legs and will be sustainable because many of
the ideas just make good sense. Recycle instead of landfill: duh! Lower
electric bills … sign me up. A car that gets 100 MPG or runs on hydrogen or
something … let’s get it done! All of these things will take time, which is
nice since the emerging generations need something to do.
for the argument about global warming, I am not concerned with anything beyond
the public’s perception of it, since that is what drives markets. Sorry, but
the current version “global warming” movement may be huge and well financed and
all, but it simply will not last a fourth of the time it will take to prove
itself (that’s at least another hundred years in my opinion). And my grandchildren
will be as dead as I will be by then and I am confident that their
grandchildren will look back on us and be amused as they enjoy the fruits of
the solutions they are bound to come up with between now and then.