Small home living
While searching on small homes I came across the following website. For more info read the whole article. I will just post a couple of paragraphs.
Report in Environmental Building News in 1999
The report provided a few simple graphs and tables. One showed the remarkable growth in U.S. house size from 1950-1999, and the simultaneous drop in people-per-house. It showed that Americans have quickly become the most housed people in the history of humanityÂon average, North Americans now have about 4 times more space per person in new houses than they did in 1950! Another graph compared energy efficiency with house size, showing that a small, poorly insulated house was considerably more efficient than a large, well-insulated house.
In other words, compare that little, 1,000 sq ft clapboard or brick bungalow in the older neighborhood near downtown with the new 2,400 sq ft "green" and "energy-efficient" house on the edge of town, and youÂll find the older house uses less energy. And, of course, the materials are already there. It begs the question: Can a tear-down ever be green?
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