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To: Andrewksu
This is also a problem in architecture, people and businsess want something right now, and for next to nothing. They really don't consider the lifespan of the building and the costs that come with it. A well designed building will be cheaper/easier to run will last longer and therfor be less expensive.

It's the same old story, isn't it? What's the bottom line for the next quarter, or the fiscal year? That's the picture in the entire business sector, real estate being just one part of it.

You have to put yourself in the "Guccis" of a developer. He gets a prime piece of real estate, in the latest "boom" section of town, so he wants an "out of the box" building design, he doesn't want to wait 6 months for a full blown architectural design. He wants a ground floor with retail space, a fairly snazzy lobby, and X floors of office space, with Y elevators, etc.,etc.

McBuildings, but what can you do? He has to get Return on Investment as fast as possible.

The only exception I can think of to this is design for Government buildings. There you can cost overrun to your heart's content, and the taxpayer's anguish. Send your resumes to companies that specialize in that, if you can find them.

42 posted on 05/05/2002 10:27:38 PM PDT by SR71A
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To: SR71A
Umm, no thanks, no gubment job for me. I want to be able to show, to those who will listen, that sustainable (good) design is economically efficent, but time has to be taken into account.
This is a major problem, as most want that quick buck, or want that cheap big beautiful house, but it should be seen more as an investment where you actually make uout better, if you are willing to wait.
44 posted on 05/05/2002 10:42:07 PM PDT by Andrewksu
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To: SR71A
here's a link to state and fed incentives for use of sustainable designs/tech. A good way to start to make this afforable
DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy)
47 posted on 05/05/2002 11:24:23 PM PDT by Andrewksu
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