Foundations of the Original Green
Here’s how the Original Green works: First, we must build sustainable places, because it does not matter what the carbon footprint of a building is if you have to drive everywhere in order to live there. The four foundations of sustainability are places that are Nourishable, Accessible, Serviceable, and Securable.
They should be Nourishable because if you can't eat there someday, you can't live there. They should be Accessible because we need many ways of getting around, especially walking. They should be Serviceable because we need to be able to walk to basic services and make a living where we're living if we choose to. They should be Securable because if there is too much insecurity, the people will leave.
Only after the place has been made sustainable does it make sense to discuss sustainable buildings. The next four foundations of sustainability are buildings that are Lovable, Durable, Flexible, and Frugal.
Buildings should be Lovable because if they can't be loved, they won't last. They should be Durable in order to carry their lovability far into the future. They should be Flexible because if they endure, they will need to be used for many uses over the centuries, some of which don't even exist today. They should be Frugal because energy hogs will be very difficult to sustain long into an uncertain future.