Friday, July 10, 2009

--Good Idea, Bad Implementation

This is a model of one of the first Passiv Houses to be offered in North America. You can read more about it, here. The article argues that energy-efficient homes are going mainstream.

Once again, I take a qualified position. The average homeowner does not want to live in that "tree-hugger," "hippie" "eco-box." Yes, a niche market absolutely exists. But if we want energy-efficient homes to be a real commidity and not a fringe market that eases our collective guilty conscious about energy-consumption, then somebody, somewhere needs to design and build eco-friendly-but-conventional-looking homes. Using the long-established regional variations in architecture would better suit local climates and easily create giant market share in precisely the spot where conventional and green construction overlap.

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