Op-Ed

Bravo!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was so pleased to see your lead article on building durability as a prominent element of green building [Vol. 14, No. 11]. I always enjoy reading

EBN, but this one really resonated. I too have been standing on the sideline throwing criticisms that green isn’t really green if it’s not durable. I will be changing my tune now! Of course, if we are going to build buildings that last “forever,” then they better be really, really energy efficient (or easy to make so), and let’s not forget they need to be healthy to live in, too.

It is about time that durability “came out of the closet,” and I applaud

EBN for its part in helping that happen. Nice job.

Pat Huelman, Associate Professor

University of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota

Published January 1, 2006

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March 26, 2006 - 4:37 pm

Pat,
I am pasting below an email reply to my email to Alex Wilson on your letter to the editor of EBN:

Hello Richard,
Thanks for your comments. It's probably a little late to run another letter to the editor in EBN on this article, but you are welcome to provide your comments in our reader-to-reader comments that you can find by scrolling to the bottom of the letter from Pat Heulman (assuming you read that online, that is, and have a subscription to the online BuildingGreen Suite.)

Cheers,

-Alex Wilson, Executive Editor

At 9:23 AM -0500 3/23/06, Jessica Boehland wrote:
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 22:12:18 -0500
Subject: Article on Durability
From: Richard Keleher
To: Editor

Dear Alex/Nadav -
I agree with the letter from Pat Huelman [Vol.15, No.1] praising the article on durability [Vol.14, No.11] but would like to add high environmental performance and great durability STILL do not add up to what we need if we don't have GREAT DESIGN. I have seen too many projects torn down because they outlived their usefulness and were not loved by the owners. The truly successful project combines performance, durability and design. As Bill Reed says, "Green Design = Good Design."
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Richard

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