Where do building science and green building overlap?
Building science is a set of tools, skills, and knowledge that lets us deliver buildings that perform in a predictable way. I can use that for good or evil. I can use it to build a 20,000-sq.-ft. mansion with all-glass walls facing west, and I can still manage to make the occupant comfortable. That isn’t green, but it’s classic building science. I can do stupid things in such a way that people will still be happy with the outcome.
Green building has a clearer focus: It’s trying to minimize the impact on the planet. That’s where pretty good buildings come in; we can be comfortable but still minimize our impact on the planet and our use of resources. Building science and green building are different: One is a set of tools, and one is a set of goals.