Pro/Con: Can a Large House be Green?
There can be pretty strong feelings on both sides of the size issue and with good reason.
Bigger houses use much more materials to build, contain more cubic space to heat and cool, and represent an indulgance that many see as opposed to what green building is all about. But what if the house is a net energy producer, recaptures rain and gray water, and provides home office space for the occupants?
Size Doesn't Matter
by Kim Calomino
Not to state the obvious, but the housing market is just that — a market. Homes come in countless varieties designed to meet the needs and wants of the countless types of buyers. If builders hope to sell houses, they must meet buyers’ demands. Read more...
by Michael Horowitz
Home buyers expect green scoring systems to provide guidance when choosing between green-labeled homes. These expectations are largely unfounded, however, since almost every rating system ignores or inadequately considers a major determinant of a home’s environmental impact — its size. Read more...
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