19 June, 2013
Introduction: Global warming has been a huge issue for over a decade now. There has been much research on car emissions, water pollution, recycling, and other ways to turn green. However, most people have not recognized the biggest contributor to global warming. Architecture is responsible for almost half of the world’s energy consumption, a whopping sixty quadrillion BTUs worth of energy. Of course, this research comes with a solution. Some people believe that global warming is costly to our economy and is not worth the effort. With this new research, there will be no added cost. Basically, it is a free solution. Mazria, Edward. "It's The Architecture Stupid!" Editorial. Solar Today May-June 2003:48-51. Mazria. Mazria.com, May-June 2003. Web. 5 June 2013. In this magazine article, Mazria is one of the first people to research energy consumption of buildings all around the United States. He took a lot of statistics and pointed out that with commercial, residential, and industrial buildings (not the parts of industries that actually pollute) is responsible for 47% of all energy consumption in the US. He explains that it is possible to reduce this energy consumption by a third within twenty years if the US acts now by educating future architects on how to design “greener” buildings.
This new research is the key to lowering the global thermostat, which is on the rise as we speak. All it takes is education. It doesn’t even cost extra money for research because we already know how to make cleaner buildings. For example, a library in Mount Airy, North Carolina is one of the first public buildings to be “green.” If the US starts this initiative, then we will have a cleaner, brighter world for future generations. "The Great Global Warm Up." American Policy Roundtable. American Policy Roundtable, 2007. The American Policy Roundtable (APR) is a group of politicians, economists,...