To be Green or Not To Be

Navigating Economic Challenges in Pursuit of Sustainable Architectural Design

Jonnel Mamauag
4 min readMar 11, 2024

A Note from the Front

As an architectural designer deeply immersed in the construction industry for over a decade, I’ve witnessed a significant shift towards sustainability in architectural design and construction practices. Today, more than ever, homeowners are eager to embrace eco-friendly solutions when renovating their homes. However, amidst the noble pursuit of sustainability, a formidable obstacle exists: economic feasibility.

Implementing sustainable design strategies has its fair share of economic challenges, especially for homeowners navigating the renovation process. While the long-term benefits of sustainable architecture are undeniable — reduced energy consumption, lower operating costs, and a smaller environmental footprint — the upfront costs can often deter individuals from pursuing such endeavors.

While the long-term benefits of sustainable architecture are undeniable — reduced energy consumption, lower operating costs, and a smaller environmental footprint — the upfront costs can often deter individuals from pursuing such

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Jonnel Mamauag

I draw and design often. I write sometimes. Both for Architecture. See my work on www.metropolitan.design