Tag Archives: energy efficient

The House and the Human Heart

What qualities make a house satisfying, comfortable, and even rewarding to live in? Surprise! We find the finest answer in a book written 2,030 years ago: De Architectura, by the Roman architect Vitruvius. "The ideal building has three elements," Vitruvius wrote. The first English translation, written in the 17th century, rendered these as "firmness, commodity, and...
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Sustainability

When our Sandpiper home won the award for Best Energy Efficient House on the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association home tour in September, it made us think more deeply about sustainability. And what the word really means. It's not only about using long-lasting materials and a lot of insulation. That's only part of the story. Sustainability, we think,...
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