If we look even a mere 20 years into the future, we’ll see a very different world. For one thing, fossil-fuel-based energy will be much less abundant and much more expensive as we become independent of foreign oil. Eventually, we will be living in a world without oil. But the places we live in last a lot longer than 20 years, so we should start thinking now about how to construct houses that will function in a post-petroleum economy.
[To read more of Bruce Coldham’s article from the December 2009/January 2010 issue of Fine Hombuilding, click the link below.]