Viridian Future 1

Aiming to be not just the most environmentally sustainable townhouse in Manhattan, but a net zero energy home.

How far shall we go?

Its Easter Sunday and Abel and I have just had a conversation about whether we should 'go for' the Living Building Challenge even if it is more expensive, takes longer and potential buyers may not appreciate the whole thing when it comes to selling.

Mmm, this is where I get challenged. I want speed, above all else. I am not super nervous about the money, but the idea of this thing dragging on because it takes an extra 3 or 4 months to get planning approval, and then a long time to source specific freaks me out. Its interesting this kind of project, I guess it highlights the most extreme characteristics of all of us. I want speed and action, Abel wants the apparently impossible and the perfect. Between the 2 of us, we will create something perfect because of that tension I guess, but right now, it feels super uncomfortable.

I am so delighted that we have these great partners, Robert, Anjali, Jason, because they seem so keen to stretch themselves too. I so want this project to be a great human experiment as well as an environmental one, and I am committed to us having some meaty, honest debates that are enriching and inspiring.

The next charette is on Wednesday, I am looking forward to that. I wonder what the others think...

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