The World's Greenest Buildings: Promise vs. Performance
One of the complaints about my recent survey of top green buildings (“The G-List,” July 27) was that, like the Vanity Fair survey it echoes, it was based on subjective opinions, not on objective data. Personally, I believe it’s useful to compare apples to apples in order to identify the gaps between the design canon and the green canon. Besides, why do we demand that environmental excellence be based exclusively on verifiable fact when we don’t demand the same of general design excellence? Does anecdotal evidence have value in one arena but not the other?
Nevertheless, for those of you who would prefer a survey backed up by thorough evidence, here’s your chance to participate in one. As research for their forthcoming book, The World's Greenest Buildings: Promise vs. Performance in Sustainable Design (Routledge, 2012), Jerry Yudelson and Ulf Meyer are asking architects, engineers, and other green building professionals to help them find the 60 projects worldwide that represent “the best of the best,” based on documented metrics for energy, water, and resources. “[B]ecause we are serious about actual performance,” they say, “the case studies…will be based on collecting actual energy and water performance data from the highest-rated green buildings around the world.” You can fill out their survey online.
I can’t wait to see the results and compare them to my own list. Let’s see how closely opinions match the data.