The new high-tech sustainable Perth arena opensThat is the headline in the current issue of the online Architecture and Design news sheet. Part of the way into the article, without comment, we find the following little snippet:
"Construction took four years more than originally thought and cost under $550 million which is three times over budget."
Sustainable? No sarcasm intended when I say I'd like to know what framework is being used to evaluate the sustainability.
Back during the Sydney Olympics, it was found that construction price was a surprisingly useful proxy for embodied impact of construction assemblies. If it is even approximately useful, it seems to me the chances of recovering the embodied impacts in this project through savings in recurring energy use, waste minimization etc, are hopelessly unlikely before the building reaches the end of its useful life.
If there is no good answer to my question, an article like this is just greenwash, of the worst kind.