chapter  9
What Makes this Place Sustainable?
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Sustainability starts with people. Technology is often the first place people look, but social and personal practices are at the core of sustainability. There is a consumer twist to environmentalism that has resulted in a broad range of beautiful products marketed under green labels. Green design enthusiasts remodel perfectly functional buildings to add these green products, which, of course, add to carbon loading. Making places that consume less, while fulfilling their purposes is a critical goal of sustainable design. Seven frugal planning strategies are presented in this section that use, as an example, science laboratories, a technically complex and expensive building type that consumes more energy than almost any other. Recycling places retains the embodied energy of existing buildings and brings continuity to human experience. Despite this, people often choose to build new buildings without considering the option of renovation. Typical studio assignments in design schools are for new projects.