If you could change one thing about the way we construct homes and buildings, what would it be?
It would be the fact that our financial model or the way we value properties today does not reward long term sustainable construction practices. Lenders are not considering the life cycle of the building in their lending decisions. Providing for upfront costs for measures that could make the building more efficient over a lifetime are not taken into consideration.
We need to create financial models for borrowing and building that are based upon a life cycle assessment that truly rewards the permanent installation of energy saving and sustainable materials and systems.