Thinking Sustainably

reciprocalroofA renewed look at building practices could save both the environment and people in need.

by Eric Puro

Thick, clay walls save on cooling as well as heating costs. Locally-produced materials have expenses measured only in labor. All around the world, sustainable building practices are providing for people in most in need and simultaneously reducing the impact of this development on the environment.

In the U.S., as in many western nations, 39 percent of carbon emissions come from buildings. These 2,236 million metric tons of carbon that are released into the atmosphere every year rival the total carbon emissions of every other individual nation, other than China. The environmental impact of buildings even rivals the impact of …

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