Is there a new technology that you’re excited to use in the future?
Yes, batteries. Just like when Benjamin was told about ‘Plastics’ in The Graduate, the future is in batteries. They will be game changers for renewable energy, efficient buildings, and transportation. They are the thing that will revolutionize the utility industry.
Who would you consider a hero or someone you have a great respect for in your field?
Architects like Keck and Keck, who in the early 1940’s began experimenting with solar design for homes. They were so far ahead of their time.
What do you think will be the biggest change in sustainable building/design in the next 20 years?
Keeping politics out of the equation and letting common sense break through. I think it is pretty obvious what needs to be done, but there are too many special interest groups that are entrenched in keeping things the way they are – oil companies, utilities, large agriculture firms, etc.