I love the knee jerk reactions to government stepping in to enforce things that involve common sense. The building industry is ripe with poor construction, poor oversight and worse, builders and laborers that for the most part don't care about the quality of what they are building.
Who is to blame? Well, laborers are doing what they are told, whipped into a frenzy to get the current job done so the next one can move forward ASAP. The building industry is like the tower of babble. Everyone blames everyone else, and no one wants to listen and learn, never mind try and make it better. Next time you're at you're favorite end of the day watering hole marvel at the attitudes of tradesmen that scoff at and belittle their customers. Tragic.
Green building is not a fad, it is and will be a fact of life. Fortunately, those of us that don't realize this will be passed by and hopefully be taken out of the mix. Don't get me wrong, I work with and call as some of my best friends contractors and craftsmen. We are good people in a difficult industry doing a sometimes thankless job. But that does not release us from looking forward, or taking pride in building something that will LAST, that is energy efficient and when drive by it we don't have to look away in shame.
Historically industry is out for industry. Period. One only has to look slightly backward to see the disasters festered by unregulated industries. (Ummmmm, hello bank bailout, auto industry, air quality, water quality, workers safety....and on)
So if Joe Consumer wants to build a crappy inefficient house instead of saying "go ahead and god bless" maybe someone should take the time to talk to him. If responsible contractors did, there would be no need for the government to step in. I'm not holding my breath.
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