So What is this Going to Cost Me?
The first question that most people are going to ask when you propose a different way to do things is - How much is it going to cost me? The common mis-conception is that green techniques are always going to cost more, but is that true?
Going Green by Challenging Standard Zoning Regulations
Many planning and zoning regulations, though important and well meaning, make it difficult to "go green" or implement sustainable site solutions. Some examples are overzealous parking regulations, wide required street widths, etc. I'll examine some of these regulations and suggest possible alternative solutions that will meet the intent of the regulation and offer a more sustainable solution.
Personal Experiences with Stormwater Best Management Practices
As a design engineer it's easy to get used to designing best management practices and techniques without ever really getting your hands dirty. Sometimes there is no better design tool and educational piece than some hands on experience with the techniques that you put on plans and in specs. I pan to install, implement and monitor the performance of several green or LID best management practices and report them in this blog.
So that's where I'm going with this blog in the coming months. If there is anything specific that you would like me to address with the above topics or any other please comment and I will do my best to include it. Thanks for following.