Designing for a prosperous and sustainable future requires people with ideas, vision, and an understanding of what it takes.
We asked Amory Lovins to comment on sustainable design and green building. Lovins, a consultant, experimental physicist, and 1993 MacArthur Fellow, is widely considered among the world’s leading authorities on energy—especially its efficient use and sustainable supply—and a fertile innovator in integrative design. He is co-founder, chairman, and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute.
“As we shape our buildings and then our buildings shape our lives, we can choose to create abundance by design, not scarcity through inattention. We can design radically efficient buildings that take nothing, waste nothing, do no harm, and create delight when entered, tranquility when occupied, and regret when departed—yet cost the same or less to build, cost almost nothing to run, and make people happier, healthier, and more productive. The key is integrative design that optimizes the building as a whole system, for multiple benefits, rather than its disjoint components for single benefits. Many similar benefits are available in existing buildings, as RMI's RetroFit initiative aims to spread. And Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a powerful tool for spreading these results worldwide.”
Amory B. Lovins