At yesterday's Council meeting, we came up against yet another challenge of "going green". I talked about a certified enviromentally friendly and energy efficient building in North Vancouver where the cost of getting certified was 1% of building cost. But, as we went through the public process for a development which included a 21 story tower, the developer told us, in his research, the cost of getting certified was 22% of building cost - clearly not economically feasible.
So it seems the issue with most of this green stuff is that it is so new to almost everybody and we are still looking for best practices. City staff and council still needs to grapple with what will work well in our local Kamloops context.
In my view, we need to go green, all of us, faster, because of the scientific consensus of the perils if we don't - the question is how?
I am pleased to say city council has approved spending resources on putting on a council / senior staff workshop so we can get some top flight education and advice on the green way forward.
And, by the way, we approved the 21 story tower development.