Net-Positive, Regenerative Design, and Other Ways Buildings Can Do Good

Instead of making a big fat net-zero your goal, regenerative design encourages whole-systems thinking and projects that actually add benefit to the environment.

Use less energy and less water. Produce less waste. Avoid toxic chemicals.

Green building often sounds like a checklist of things not to do, which is not particularly inspiring, especially for creative professionals like architects, engineers, and interior designers. Often, the people who are talking about doing “more good” rather than “less bad” are advocating for regenerative design.

Published January 4, 2015