This is such a great article on Treehugger that I have to post it here.
The basic message is that modern materials free us from some of the traditional design constraints of sustainable architecture. Nowadays you can have an energy efficient home and have the layout, appearance that we want: a smart energy efficient homes isn’t complicated or expensive.
This is very liberating. Things are quite simple.
Martin Holliday says “Everything I ever knew or said about green sustainable design was probably wrong” and
“I have even accepted that in a properly designed house, air conditioning isn’t necessarily evil.”
I quote from the article. “There are still good reasons to practice some of the things we used to preach; as Martin notes, an east-west orientation is great for solar panel installation on the roof. Windows can frame great views and sunny rooms are nice to be in. But in the end, we have to accept that the world has changed.
The new doctrine: high quality windows, tons of insulation, a tight seal”
It’s as simple as that!
Author: John Wolfendale
Bio: John is a founder of Eco Vida Homes and is passionate about bringing modern design and construction practices to Spain. He believes a home which is warm in winter and cool in summer is largely a matter of design and selective use of materials. He is British and a Chartered Surveyor with over 22 years experience living and working in Spa