Re: How is "cheap" green?
From: melanie griffin (melgrifgmail.com)
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 14:49:28 -0800 (PST)
on the topic of greenness, just got this in my inbox as i was reading your
post, racheli.

http://mail.google.com/mail/#inbox/1176986bb3e006b4

good (left-leaning) background from the stars of the movement.

happy weekend, all.

melanie

On Jan 11, 2008 5:36 PM, Racheli Gai <racheli [at] sonoracohousing.com> wrote:

>  PLEASE, TRIM YOUR TAILS. That is, minimize quoted material
>  on replies.  See  http://justcomm.org/jc-faq.htm#Q8
>
> I don't get it: How is "cheapest" equal to "greenest", and how are old
> trailer parks green?
>
>
> Brian wrote (in part) :
>
> > To a first approximation, the total of mortgage plus utility bill
> > measures resource consumption.  Thus, cheaper is greener.  The
> > greenest community may be an old trailer park.
> >
>
>
> > ....    They can tell you the cheapest per-unit
> > housing development they've seen approved in the last couple years.
> > That's the cheapest and greenest you will be permitted to build.
> >
> >
> >
> I don't get it: How is "cheapest" equal to "greenest"?
>
> And regarding  trailers: while are green in a sense - since they
> probably tend, on the average
>  to have smaller footprints, and they also probably use less materials
> than conventional houses
> (and therefore contain less embodied energy?)
>
> Trailers are very un-green, though,  in many other ways: they are known
> to be made of
> cheap/toxic materials, and as far as I know they (or most of them)
> sorely lack
> in insolation, so they are not efficient in terms of energy use.
>
> Racheli.
>
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