With certifications like LEED and Casa Clima becoming more mainstream, the green movement is constantly looking for something to push the envelope. The Passive House movement is one that is quickly gaining recognition in the green building industry as the highest achievement possible for a design. Unfortunately, the prohibitively high price tag on the entry fee for the conference calls attention to the lucrative business of certifications and the difficulties small businesses face in joining such movements.
One of the biggest debates for a small start-up, and one that we experienced first hand, is the issue of how much of your capital to spend on computer stuff.
As we began making our wishlist of software, hardware, and other capital expenses, we realized that the decisions we were making about what to invest in now would probably be with us for the life of the company. What I mean is that it’s rare that a small practice makes a massive switch from PC’s to Macs, or from AutoCAD to Vectorworks, simply because of the financial implications of converting everything and basically starting a new learning curve.