Sustainable Perspectives: Participatory Green Building is Regenerative
12/3/07 - Environmental Design + Construction Magazine
After countless hours planning, permitting and constructing, the typical green building opens amid fanfare, speeches and possibly even docent-led tours. The new building saves energy, creates a healthy indoor environment, and substitutes recycled for virgin materials.
If the budget allows, building owners install small museum-like plaques in public areas identifing the various green building products. But for green building practices to become mainstream, we need to move beyond passive, one-directional communication to true, participatory green building where every visit, on every day, regenerates the site and improves the health of living systems.