Many agree with Don C. Brunell, a business analyst, writer and columnist who prepared an excellent analysis of Costs of going Green that was qouted in a local newspaper. He ended his analysis with this gem of wisdom, “Are we sure the benefits are worth the added cost? Could the money be better spent on more effective environmental measures? We need to ask — and answer — those questions…. We need to make sure our “green” buildings program works as promised.”
To see a local example of this I suggest you take a tour of Island Transit’s $24,000,000.00 new GREEN facility and judge for yourself if “Green Buildings” are really cost effective or even justified
The new Island Transit’s “Green Building” ended up with a non-functioning and inefficient HVAC system resulting in a $60,000 Electric bill in April.
This was but one of the reasons Transit said they needed another $500,000 line of credit at the bank to pay their monthly bills. Transit’s Board voted to allow a line of credit in order to continue operating with a contingency for another $250,000
Also Transit Director Martha Rose’s office was positioned in a specific way so it would not need AC, however, after construction they realized the sun comes through the windows and the office is uncomfortably hot.
DUH?? : This was in early spring so it was still pretty cool out. Wonder how it feels now, or are they paying extra to cool it?