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Climate change threatens our economy. So why are we not taking action when there are economically viable solutions available today? For decades, we have told ourselves depleting our resources was necessary in order to increase our standard of living, Impact = Population x Affluence x Technology. The main obstacle to protecting our environment and climate change initiatives has been the higher costs of being Green.' These constraints are simply not true.
Denver, Colorado, April 13th Richard Vermeulen's Amazon Best Seller 'Green at No Cost: Economic and Cost Control Strategies that Create No Cost Sustainability, can help reduce the effects of climate change whilst increasing our standard of living by over 50%, turning environmental degradation into environmental improvement.
In a report called "Risky Business, " business leaders including billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Henry Paulson compare climate change to an interest-only loan. Those costs will be significant, according to the study's calculations. By 2050, as much as $106 billion worth of coastal property will be below sea level, while extreme heat could reduce average crop yields by as much as 70 percent in some states… 60% of Americans and 97% of scientists believe Climate change risk is one of the critical issue of our time.
'Instead of being reactive to climate change, we can be proactive by mitigating the climate change risk at its source. ~ Peter Lucking, Editor of Green at No Cost.
Two thirds of our energy consumption which directly correlates to CO2, and climate change is a direct result of the built environment that the construction industry is responsible for. Vermeulen takes these economic design elements apart, examines them, identifies optimal pieces, and places these pieces in optimal relationships. Some of these relations and configurations are surprising; many are elegant in their simplicity, most appeal to us because we realize that success and sustainable prosperity are within our reach. These proactive economically viable sustainable solutions can reduce the effects of climate change, and increase our standard of living.
Richard Vermeulen is co-CEO, lead economist, and chief cost estimator for Vermeulens. Vermeulens works closely with construction teams to determine
the cost of projects, and provide strategies to meet budget targets, and control costs throughout the design process. Richard has developed industry-leading
standards for estimating and databasing complex construction projects throughout North America. Richard writes the Market Outlook which reports
on the state and direction of the construction market, and the Green at No Cost and Save-Save Solutions blog.
For more information about 'Green at No Cost: Economic and Cost Control Strategies that Create No Cost Sustainability, please visit http://www.vermeulens.com/publications or contact Peter Lucking at 303 386 2530.
A full press kit is available at http://www.vermeulens.com/media
Order your copy of the book from Amazon now and be one of the first to see how you can contribute to creating a level of sustainability at lower costs that surpasses LEED and improves your environment.
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Architectural Resources Cambridge
"I understand that all of your MEP staff are either mechanical or electrical engineers and are therefore able to project what has not yet been drawn. In my opinion, this is one of the most valuable things you bring to the table."
- Architectural Resources Cambridge
"Consistently, we find that Vermeulens® has more enthusiasm and expertise than any other cost estimator with whom we've worked."
McGill University Health Centre
"Your involvement with the MUHC Project has created new standards in construction estimating in the Quebec Health Care System."
- McGill University Health Centre
"Your team's ability to address cost issues as they related to the ever-changing technology of healthcare is impressive."
- Partners (Healthcare)
"We enjoy pushing the envelope of design with you at our side to enable the team to deliver within a realistic budget."
Perkins + Will
"Vermeulens has been very supportive of the client's vision from the very inception of the work."
- Perkins + Will
The University of Chicago
"The accuracy of your estimate on our $200 million dollar (job) gave the University the confidence to test our project in the construction market. This strategy resulted in the University saving more than $10 million from the estimates provided by others. This is quite a return on the investment we made in your fee."
- The University of Chicago
Truex Cullins & Partners Architects
"Every bid project we've worked on with Vermeulens Cost Consultants, during the past twenty plus years, has come in within the prepared and accepted budget range."
- Truex Cullins & Partners Architects
"We need accurate estimates to manage an aggressive construction schedule with limited resources of time and money. I can safely state that our needs were met by Vermeulens®"
Virginia Performing Arts Foundation
"As we wrestled with the scope changes, value engineering, schedule issues, and funding questions you have never strayed from helping us to keep our eye on the bottom line."
- Virginia Performing Arts Foundation
"Our collaborations are marked by openness, a mutual respect of differing opinions, and a willingness to assimilate a complete picture based on the information regardless of the source."
- Walsh Brothers