Everything in Moderation

I've been interested in a new way of thinking about houses and energy issues for a several years now. The Passivhaus movement (Passive House in the USA) has done a lot to get us thinking about the importance of well sealed, highly insulated houses for the northern climates, but like any extreme, its not for everyone. Neither, however is building to code minimum standards. That should actually be for no one. What I'm interested in is a new standard, one that allows us to adopt simple, far less expensive methods and materials to achieve what Dan Kolbert, a Portland builder, and Martin Holliday, of The Green Building Advisor have called "A Pretty Good House."  Rather than regurgitate what Martin has so succinctly written, I direct you to the following link:


Design a good house. Build it well.