Has the green movement's newfound trendiness helped or hurt its cause?
@phplusmag: Better to think in terms of progression rather than trend. Like seat belts in cars. Green must be a permanent change.
@MTHWKSHN: Whether or not the "trend" is still popular, a wide audience now understands the impact of design.
@MadModHome: A trend can be the catalyst for a global movement. What's needed is the values + knowledge to keep up the momentum.
What is one reform you would like to see to make the built environment more sustainable?
@lwsjff: Must make alternate energy a priority. New buildings should prominently feature solar technology.
@TreeHugger: There is no excuse not to make a standard like Passive House the base standard of building.
@designmilk: Would love to see regulations on recycling and/or reusing what's being torn down / demo-ed in a renovation.
@Allie_Weiss: There's a lot of potential in glass—@enneadarch is working on both glass w/ shading properties and bird-friendly glass.
How useful are green certification programs, like LEED?
@TreeHugger: We really would not have got to where we are without LEED and certification, but it's time the building codes caught up.
@phplusmag: Green cert schemes are vital, but they need to actually work. Many aren’t transparent & allow accountancy sleight of hand.
@thisisheatherc: It's useful to quantify green goals, but making requirements too exact can leave little room for innovative solutions.
On a residential level, how can homeowners update their dwellings to make them more energy efficient?
@thisisheatherc: Be conscious of what, how (much) + why you consume. Seek low-energy appliances, local goods + efficient materials.
@phplusmag: Go deep - whole house approach, aim towards #Enerphit. Insulate, triple glaze, airtighten, mech vent & then renewables.
@TreeHugger: then go after low hanging fruit: lighting, air leaks appliances http://qub.me/Qt1S2v
What's a simple way we can all cut waste?
@phplusmag: Other low energy ventilation tech like decentralised heat recovery & DCMEV also have big roles to play in existing homes.
@thisisheatherc: Cut down on conveniences buys. Plastic containers at lunch and over-packaged internet buys can really add up in landfills.
@designmilk: Know what you're buying + where it comes from. Also, buy used, vintage, pre-loved and pre-owned.
@aileenkwun: Keep a reusable bag on you for impromptu trips to the grocery store: http://bit.ly/1XqEdx7
What energy-saving innovations are you most excited about right now?
@phplugmag: Energiesprong, which looks too good to be true. Buildings facelifted to zero energy bill levels. http://tiny.cc/e4419x
@thisisheatherc: We can learn a lot about efficiency by looking at traditional techniques and common wisdom...
@MadModernHome: We're most excited about drought-tolerant #LandscapeDesign we've been seeing in #CA. Necessity is the mother of invention!