A successful building and food security project requires the incorporation of many disciplines and early collaboration contributes to a greater knowledge base and a more cohesive and efficient project.
The Whole Earth Building Foundation integrates Permaculturalists, Biodynamic farmers, builder trainers, architects, engineers, researchers, builders, partners and mentors in its projects.
Sustainable design focuses on efficiency, user fulfilment, use of natural and recycled materials and methods and high performance in an integrated process. It is an holistic approach, which emphasises the unity of the process. It considers the interactions between different unit operations from the outset, rather than optimising them separately.
Economic sustainability plays a large role in natural building and food security and investing in green design has been proven to be extremely viable financially. Yearly savings result in more than double the investment.
The financial benefits that companies reap from being green include lower operational costs, higher profits and lower lending rates from banks that see reduced risk in companies with carefully constructed environmental management systems.
The Whole Earth Building Foundation follows the economical path of conservation, efficient and renewable use of energy and water and the collecting, processing and recycling of materials.
Cutting waste and reducing resource use saves money that drops almost immediately to the bottom line. If we design a process to use less energy, then we lower our exposure to volatile oil and gas prices and reliance on the authorities.
There is often a small percentage of extra capital outlay initially in a natural building, but the long term benefits encompass a reduction in running costs such as energy, water, waste disposal and reuse, operations and maintenance and improved health and wellbeing.
Business people have learned that success in the marketplace now depends on getting their corporate environmental strategy right. The focus is now on the ‘triple bottom line’ and the interdependence of solid profit, environmental quality and improved human welfare.
Leading companies recognise that we face a carbon-constrained future, climate change, water shortages, air pollution and have begun to include environmental thinking into their corporate strategies
Venture capital is flowing into alternative energy and pollution control technology as enormous profit opportunities emerge.
More and more people in the business world see corporations playing a major role in solving the world’s environmental problems. Companies can be a force for good, caring for the environment and protecting our shared natural assets.
Financial and environmental success can be achieved together
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