[GSBN] Fwd: Embodied energy comparisons: SB vs Stick-built

John Swearingen jswearingen at skillful-means.com
Sun Feb 15 22:38:32 CST 2009

 Small houses seem to work out best in the long run when heating & cooling
is conventional, even though their relative initial cost may be greater.
It's hard to imagine a larger building sequestering more CO2 than a small
house with an adjacent grove of trees.

A green roof, besides contributing significantly to summer cooling,
sequesters some CO2.  Do you have a idea of the percentage of CO2 that is
sequestered in a typical garden?  Since the plants usually end up rotting,
albeit for reuse,  this seems a different case from trees.


*(As a complete aside, does anyone have a**guess if/how much people would be
prepared to pay for such a gadget -*
*that calculated the CO2 impact of a particular house design?)*

Energy 10 software includes a calculation of the annual emissions of a
building, and they might be interested in incorporating such impacts into a
"life cycle *environmental* cost" calculation.

On Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 8:15 PM, Andrew Webb <andrew at thegreenwebb.com>wrote:

> Doesn't this assume that the building will last longer than the trees would
> if not cut down and processed?  Surely building nothing would release the
> least C02, so building small would be next best?
> -Andrew Webb
> .......
>>  So, yes, bigger CAN be better.
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John Swearingen

Skillful Means
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