With the City of Philadelphia adopting LEED standards for City projects, we spoke with Tim McDonald of Onion Flats about municipal buildings and the future of sustainable technologies.
“Buildings account for over 50% of global warming. The making and operating of buildings account for over 50% of green house gasses. If anyone thinks we can make an impact on any level, then the buildings must be part of the solution. Its not about choice anymore, it is what must be done. LEED is effecting (building) codes. The way we are building will be the standard in the next five years. We’ll help that along, by showing people it does not cost more,” McDonald explained.
With the City adopting LEED Sliver standards for their projects, the City is moving to meet it’s goal of meeting it’s Energy Goals, set by Greenworks, the City’s Office for Sustainability.