In her Teardown Diary, Wall Street Journal columnist Nancy Keates forgoes the common practice of demolition and instead opts for "unbuilding." Usually referred to as deconstruction, unbuilding is when you disassemble an old structure piece by piece and salvage the usable parts. Ms. Keates found that the deconstruction of her home will cost about $4,000 more than straight demolition, but costs can vary project to project.
Nau is a budding clothing products company that is committed to sustainability and social awareness in various facets of its business. They build very cool stores (pictured above) and build them green. I noticed their website has some info on LEED certification, and just had to use their conversation as a partial vehicle to continue to discuss the green building certification system. Here’s what they said:
- Industry waits for green MBS. Wow!
- Green construction red-hot with VCs.
- Green REITs could get long-term gains.
- Green construction fastest and cheapest way to cut emissions.
- Homes in ‘green’ subdivision sell fast in San Jose.
- Low-cost fixes to make your home more green.
- Walmart making green strides, but "We are not green."
- Solar company wants to power 90% of grid and cars.
*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.