Goubran: Let's build sustainably, not just 'green'

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By Sherif Goubran, Ottawa Citizen, June 10, 2019

In the last few decades, governments have focused a great deal of attention on the impact of buildings on our environment.

(...)Building “green” is a prerequisite for mitigating climate change. But this approach misses a key point.

In a purely efficiency-focused approach, you can find yourself comparing a multi-storey parking garage with an elementary school, or a suburban strip-mall with a library building. In such comparisons, you can even find the parking garage to be more energy-efficient than the school.

But in the big picture, what impact do energy-efficient parking garages have on climate change, our cities and even our health? Perhaps the greenest parking garage is the one that is never built.