Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Thousand Barrels of Oil a Second

GBBN and I have had casual conversations about certifying this building under the LEED process.

I think it worth noting that from an elevation of 30,000 feet looking down on this project, it is a very carbon positive event to have not destroyed this building and thus driven the demand for new space to be satisfied by a new structure. What we are fundamentally doing is recycling a lot of the building products and we are consequently not buying steel/concrete/bricks/wood to start afresh. While we have take tons of product to the solid waste facility, a whole lot still remains in place and is being recycled and put into use.

So, whether we LEED certify or not, I think credit should be given to Bailey and Glasser for the drive to restore this building and not only save a part of Charleston’s history but be fundamentally carbon friendly in the process.

Now…along the way…it is clearly our intent to be as green as we can be within time and economic constraints. There is no question in my mind that we are at or near Peak Oil and we will be paying substantially more for the energy projected to operate this building in the not to distant future. If you are interested in a good read on this topic, I point you in the direction of a book entitled A Thousand Barrel of Oil a Second which I started reading this weekend.


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