Let's get serious people. You can't live a green lifestyle in an 8,000 square foot home. Even if it's entirely powered by solar panels, the manufacturing footprint alone is going to put you head and shoulders above the average American.
For a long time, home builders faced the same problem as Detroit. They thought that smaller meant cheaper. So if you wanted a house with ultra-efficient windows and solar panels, then you were looking at a mansion. If you wanted a smaller home, with less air to heat, then you were stuck with buying either a 50 year-old home, or a home that was built for a low price point.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with a man who's trying to change all that. Shawn Harvey of Green Castle has designed three low-footprint, small but beautiful homes for people who want to live a nice life without owning the landscape.
The houses are built with super-insulating filled concrete and incorporate a 3000 watt solar system into each of the homes. All of the lighting throughout the house is LED, meaning it will be ultra-efficient from day one with no investment for the buyer.
Of course, for a small house, they come with an unusually large price tag, about $280,000 not including land. But it's going to make you a heck of a lot greener than a Prius ever will.
written by Doc Rings, January 30, 2009
written by Mehul Kamdar, February 01, 2009
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