Everything is so BIG in
The recent mansion boom produced millions of energy-wasting homes with thousands of square feet that Americans don't need -- not the behavior of a society that's thinking about a sustainable future.Smaller families are living in bigger houses. In the
Nowadays the average American homes are shrinking.
Thank you, Recession for the change in thinking!
USA Today reports that Americans are building smaller homes: ‘Last year, for the first time in at least 10 years, the average square footage of single-family homes under construction fell dramatically, from 2,629 in the second quarter to 2,343 sf in the fourth quarter, Census data show. The new motto is: Living well with less.’
Is 2,343 sf less? I think of anything over 2000 square feet is excessive for two to three residents. American homes, on average, are nearly twice as large as those in many European countries, including
For example, the average total floor area in
Smaller is greener.
One of the best ways to reduce a house’s energy consumption is to decrease its size.Large homes consume more resources than small ones. They use more concrete, more wood, more carpet, more drywall, and more paint. They consume more land, generate more construction debris, cause more pollution, and use more energy during the building process.The size of a home has a greater impact on energy and resource use than any other factor, including the efficiency of the home's equipment, the R-factor of insulation, and the type of windows used.A small house built to only moderate energy performance standards uses substantially less energy for heating and cooling than a large house built to very high energy performance standards. And more than anything else, a large home will always require more energy and resources to heat, cool, clean, maintain, and operate than a small home.
Think Big, Live Small, Live Simple!