|| Building a Machine ||
Goals of Innovation: To create a functional "machine" that will be the least impact over the lifespan of 100 years.
Description: The concept behind this home and this builder is to recognize that a home is a long-term consumer of resources and create the most efficient functioning machine possible. "It is much like buying a new car and running it continuously for 100 years" states the builder. "You want the lifespan of the roof to equal the lifespan of the building". The design and materials were chosen to reduce maintenance costs, landfill costs, and utility costs below conventional homes.
Cost Information: The long-term maintenance and operation costs of this home are expected to be significantly less than conventional homes.
Additional Benefits/Drawbacks: This home is being shown as a demonstration of the owner's construction practices. In recent months, interest from the consuming public has noticably increased. It appears that the public has a greater understanding of how individual choices, such as energy efficient construction, may help to slow or reverse some of the environmental impacts that are apparent in our climate and health changes.