Are Highly Efficient Buildings Sustainable?

Sometimes a less high-tech, more simple and robust design might be more appropriate even if life cycle efficiency would be inferior. Many current regulations and codes focus on energy efficiency during the operational life of a building. Therefore we tend to forget possible wider impacts of the materials we choose or about potential future waste problems.

This article questions the true sustainability of these high-tech buildings and suggests that there are better ways to achieve the efficiencies we need.

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