Housing is Back. Is it Better?
Here’s how the tough lessons of the collapse made us more-responsible builders
An excerpt from Boyce Thompson’s The New, New House titled “Housing Is Back. Is It Better?” outlines the way home building has been modified in the wake of the recession. He observes that innovative new homes got smaller, and they also got greener and more energy efficient. Builders went beyond the superficial “greenscaping” of the previous decade. In many cases, they reassessed all the products they were using to build houses, deleting ones that weren’t absolutely necessary and adding substitutes that performed better and lasted longer. Most important, some builders reexamined the engineering and the systems they used to build homes. They completely overhauled the inner workings of the houses they built and, in a huge break from tradition, called greater attention to the way the houses were built rather than to superficial amenities like built-in wine chillers.