Can’t We Build Simple, Low-Tech Homes and Still Be Comfortable?
Maria Hars lives in a passive solar house nearly 30 years old that seems to suit her lifestyle perfectly. She likes to keep a window or two open year-round for fresh air, and she’d rather not rely too much on mechanical heating and cooling systems to stay comfortable.
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That seems to run contrary to many contemporary green houses that rely on airtight construction and ever more complicated mechanical systems to keep occupants happy.
And to Hars, that contradiction raises a question: what would a green design for a homeowner with preferences like hers actually look like? How would green-building principles be adapted to a homeowner who uses a thick blanket rather than high-tech heat to stay warm in winter and prefers an open window to a perfectly airtight home?
That’s the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight.