THE GREEN TRAGEDY: LEED'S LOST DECADE
By Pat Murphy
For the last 10 years, needed improvements in energy-efficient building standards have been stymied by a green marketing scheme. Buildings consume nearly 50% of our nation’s energy. It is time for a change.
In The Green Tragedy: LEED’s Lost Decade, energy analyst and former builder Pat Murphy traces the history of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system, and shows where its leadership relative to energy has been lacking. Murphy criticizes LEED for setting a low energy performance level for certification and for a lack of transparency about the actual energy performance of its certified buildings. He also argues that the USGBC has shown a tendency to dismiss legitimate critiques of its system.
While revealing the lost opportunity of LEED’s first decade, Murphy also outlines the steps necessary to change our nation’s policy on building energy, starting with what LEED could do to regain its credibility. He contrasts LEED’s performance of 25-30% energy savings with the dramatic 75% energy savings achieved by the German Passive House standard in 15,000 buildings in Europe.
The analysis and recommendations developed in this book provide a rallying point for architects, builders, and homeowners ready to take responsibility for dramatically reducing energy consumption in our homes, stores, and offices.
SPINNING OUR WHEELS
By Pat Murphy
For the last 30 years, vehicle mileage has improved very little. During this period billions of dollars were invested in “breakthrough” technologies such as fuel cells, diesel/hybrids and electric vehicles which never came to market. It’s time to find a real alternative that cuts CO2 emissions.
Automobiles consume almost nine million barrels of oil daily and generate about 20% of the nation’s climate-altering CO2. Climate change and diminishing fossil fuel resources are forcing the U.S. automobile industry to seek ways to deeply cut the energy use of their products. Unfortunately, little progress has been made.
In Spinning Our Wheels, energy analyst Pat Murphy traces the history of the thus-far-ineffective search for an alternative to the gasoline-fueled private car. He reveals a string of failures: two fuel cell efforts, an earlier version of the electric car, and the Clinton administration’s Program for a New Generation of Vehicles. He outlines how a similar process is taking place with the proposed electrification of transport via the experimental Pluggable Hybrid Electric Vehicle, describes the risks and problems of this approach, and questions the optimistic time schedule. He points out that the constant hyping of unproven breakthrough options has kept the public complacent and uninvolved.
Finally, Murphy outlines a plan for Shared Transport, which many refer to as the Smart Jitney, with enormous potential for reducing energy use and CO2 emissions. The products to implement such a system, he tells us, have been developed and are ready for use.
The analysis and recommendations developed in this book provide a rallying point for transportation specialists, community builders and citizens to take responsibility for dramatically reducing personal transport energy consumption.
THE PEAK OIL WAR
By Pat Murphy
What if there was a revolution in Saudi Arabia? What if all of the oil-producing nations joined OPEC? What if we had to stop exploiting the resources and peoples of the world? This fictional story gives a powerful new vision of the future.