The Sustainability Ticket

  • Building Design Expert
  • 6 years ago


Sustainability is one of the most over, misused and misunderstood words in the building design vocabulary. So what does it mean?

If a building is designed to be sustainable, does that mean it has been designed to be there forever – I give you ‘the Pyramids’.

If a building has been designed using materials that the manufacturer has promised to be sustainable. Does that mean that over time erstwhile quarries will self rejuvenate much like a bottomless cup of coffee? – Maybe not.

Sustainable design is an out and out misnomer, so let’s forget the building, and let’s forget its constituent parts, and let us focus on the changing environment and e