A follow-up to my previous article: “Everyone” May Not Want an Energy Efficient Home
To Jason, Harris and all those who posted Anonymous Comments:
What I wrote was not intended to disparage the science of a healthy new home and the factories and builders that are on the leading edge of building science.
I’m not sure how many of those events have taken place over the past three months but it’s at least a four-fold increase. The proliferation of them, especially in home building, has seen many experts explaining in great detail how the construction industry, especially modular, needs to adapt to all the new ways to build energy efficiency, air quality and improved air infiltration into new homes.
Some of these experts, and I’ve watched about 30 of them so far this year, try to convince us to build more into the single family home to improve it. Everything from improved ways to stop COVID-19 from entering our homes by installing clean entrances with two doorways to not having windows that open at all allowing the house ventilation system teamed with energy efficient HVAC to be the only source of air to even the hiring of specialists to make final sweeps through new homes to seal every single access point.
All of these experts forget that actual people would have to pay for their home improvement ideas. Sometimes in the thousands of dollars.
That is why I wrote the article about “Everyone” not wanting all those things.
We can build super efficient homes with clean entrances and even clean “work from home cocoons” which one expert said should happen but we will have successfully priced these homes out of the affordable market.
To all those modular factories and builders that have chosen to be leaders in building science adaptations, I salute you for your work to make a better home for your customers.
However, the “everyone” market simply may not be able to afford one of your homes.