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[edit] House sizing

As with most articles on Green Housing, the first and most basic principle appears to be overlooked here, perhaps through a snese of its obviousness, though perhaps more likely because it challenges the base of our consumer society.

With out doubt the first Rule of Eco-housing must be.... Build less house and what u do build, build simply

So often alternative movements become wrapped up in new trends, cool solutions, tricky technology, Eco-housing is no exemption solar cells, strawbale construction, trombe walls, reverse brick veneer, etc etc etc

In no way am I implying that of any of these technologies is without merit, but i do believe we must always remind ourselves of first princliples Less is more

Build a verandah or a deck, make a space in your garden, spaces that dont require heating or cooling build summer spaces and winter spaces, learn to live with your environment instead of building a fortress against it

Where is you perfect outside breakfast spot, with morning sun and the sound of birds where is that winter sun spot after work, that rainy afternoon roofed area, the bbq pit or just the space to lounge in the sun

Build less walls, less house, means less resources, less energy consumed, more space for nature, more water absorbtion etc etc etc

Show me photos of less house and i will be more impressed

As a former owner of a boutique environmentally focused design and construction firm, I have built my share of eco-houses in all models shapes and sizes At the end of the day though, most of this was as i said "boutique" (read elite) building Its been an amazing insight to move to a small village in Indonesia and see families with so much less house and so much more living outside

Its so easy to blame the weather in Australia, even though we have 40,000 years of evidence otherwise from our original inhabitants, who built less and lived long and healthy lives Known in anthropological circles as the original "affluent" society, Australia's aboriginal community, built less, and lived more in harmony

So please as you consider your next project start by asking how little I can afford to build rather than how much you may then find yourself building somewhat closer to what the planet can afford you to build

Dave Hodgkin
Environmental and Emergency Housing Consultant
Bantul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Note: This content has been shifted to the House sizing article. 58.111.226.3 18:20, 5 December 2007 (CST)

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